For over a decade, men have been increasingly prescribed a variety of testosterone replacement therapy products in order to boost their levels of this hormone.
This year, it has come to the attention of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through independent studies that testosterone therapy can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart attacks, and death. Many physicians have prescribed this drug for issues not approved by the FDA, such as erectile dysfunction. If you have been using these products and have experienced unwanted side effects, consider consulting an attorney about filing a testosterone therapy lawsuit.
Why Is Testosterone Therapy Prescribed?
Testosterone therapy is approved by the FDA only for the treatment of men who lack or who have low levels of testosterone due to a medically-based condition. These conditions include:
- Failure of the body to make testosterone due to genetics, or as a side effect of chemotherapy.
- When parts of the brain, particularly the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus that control the production of testosterone, are not working properly.
There are several different formulations currently on the market that are used to deliver doses of testosterone:
- Transdermal Patches
Many medical professionals believe that the condition of “low T” for which doctors can treat a patient has been fabricated by testosterone pharmaceutical companies solely to turn a profit for their products.
What Are the Side Effects of Testosterone Therapy?
Many patients have noticed an increase in heart-related side effects while utilizing testosterone products, including strokes and heart disease. What has been called a fountain of youth for men has had the opposite effect for those taking it. This side effect usually occurs in men who do not need testosterone therapy but were prescribed these products to “bulk up” or increase their libido. For the following reasons, many patients have considered filing a testosterone therapy lawsuit:
- There has been a five-fold increase in the incident of heart attacks for those taking testosterone.
- Those taking testosterone drugs have a 30% increased risk of blood clots, strokes, and mini-strokes.
- Blood clots can develop as soon as one month after therapy begins, leadings to deep-vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
- Risks of having a cardiovascular event double after using testosterone products.
- Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent in marketing and advertising by the manufacturers, who are recurring revenue in the billions.
Should You File a Lawsuit?
Experiencing health problems due to a drug that was prescribed to help you entitles you to seek legal compensation for your injuries. Litigation has started due to the amount of people currently suffering serious side effects from testosterone therapy products.
If you have experienced any of the side effects listed above, such as heart attack or stroke after taking testosterone replacement contact the law firm of Nolan Caddell Reynolds for a free review of your testosterone therapy case. We will advise you regarding whether a testosterone therapy lawsuit would be the right course of action.