Have you or a loved one suffered negative side effects or other problems associated with testosterone therapy? Is so, you’re not alone. A growing number of men have reported serious issues after engaging in testosterone therapy. Some of the most common risks include strokes, heart attacks, and other heart-related incidents that have occurred after patients have undergone testosterone therapy. More than 25,000 lawsuits have already been filed by men who believe that testosterone therapy has caused them to suffer from cardiovascular problems.
Low Testosterone Products
Throughout the population in the United States, it is estimated that over eight percent of men may be living with hypogonadism, or testosterone deficiency. Signs of this include low libido, fatigue, and infertility. Although testosterone therapy was intended for use only by those suffering from this condition, doctors and patients have also reported that the treatment has benefits in terms of increased strength and energy for those without hypogonadism. These products were so popular in recent years that the percentage of men above the age of 40 taking them tripled between 2001 and 2011. Although Androgel is one of the most popular forms of this treatment, there are other manufacturers out there as well, and anyone who has been prescribed this treatment may want to investigate further options.
Do I Need to File?
Testosterone therapy became popular in recent years among older men who want to ward off the signs of aging, but this treatment was also popular with younger patients who wanted the benefits of physical enhancement for themselves. Despite the present popularity of these treatments, reports from patients who have used them have raised major concerns about safety. Reports from men across the country indicate that these products might improve testosterone levels at a very high cost. Critical side effects and long-term problems, especially those linked to the heart, are chief among the reasons that some patients are seeking recourse through a class action lawsuit.
Individuals who have suffered a heart problem, cardiac arrest, stroke, or another adverse side effect argue that they were not properly warned of the risks before initiating testosterone therapy. Many are turning to a testosterone therapy lawsuit in order to stop these potentially dangerous treatments from impacting others.
If you have experienced any of the symptoms below or more severe incidents such as a heart attack, you should contact an attorney to discuss your rights and eligibility to file a testosterone therapy lawsuit:
- Chest pain
- Breathing issues
- Weakness in one part or on one side of the body
- Slurred speech
- Shortness of breath
Research About Testosterone Therapy Dangers
Research studies are already backing up the claims made by a range of testosterone therapy patients. While some studies indicate that the treatment may be effective for enhancing sexual functions, improving bone density and muscle mass, increasing strength, and lowering insulin and cholesterol resistance, research also shows that there are big costs associated with these benefits.
A research study at the Boston University School of Medicine was stopped in 2010 when men taking the drugs for testosterone were found to have five times the risk of serious heart issues when compared with individuals taking the placebo.
For those patients who have already experienced adverse side effects, the benefits of low-T therapy are outweighed by the risks of heart attack and stroke. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, over a three year period men who used testosterone therapy treatments faced a 30 percent higher risk of stroke, heart attack, or death. The study examined the experiences of 3,000 individuals with an average age of 60. What’s more alarming is that participants who began the study with healthy coronary arteries were every bit as likely as their peers with coronary artery disease to have a stroke or heart attack or die after using the treatment.
What You Need to Know About Pharmaceutical Negligence
Since it’s clear that these concerns need to be studied in more detail, it’s unfortunate for impacted patients that drug makers continue to make money from these treatments. Some drug manufacturers dealing with these products have come under fire for unethical marketing practices. Questionable marketing practices and serious risks associated with these medications are cause for concern. Individuals who have suffered strokes and heart attacks after starting these treatments argue that increased sales come at the expense of innocent patients who were not informed of the risks associated with testosterone therapy.
In recent months, the Food & Drug Administration has been increasingly concerned about the side effects of these products. Users suffering adverse events after starting the treatment report that they were not made aware of the serious or potentially fatal risks associated with undergoing this treatment, exposing thousands of men to critical heart or stroke issues.
In March of 2015 the FDA issued a statement explaining their decision to request labeling changes for these treatments. The manufacturers of all prescription testosterone products now must have a warning on their labels regarding the increased risks of stroke and heart attack while taking the medication. The FDA also demanded that manufacturers of these products manage a comprehensive clinical trial to learn more about the increased risks associated with this treatment, especially the risks faced by older men.
What Lawsuits Mean for You
If you or a loved one has accepted this treatment as an opportunity to increase your testosterone level, you need to speak directly with your doctor about your options. Your medical professional can help to assess your health and determine whether the benefits of using this product outweigh the serious risks mentioned here. Your doctor can also tell you more about the most recent medical research findings related to these treatments.
If you have already suffered the consequences of the risks associated with these products, you should take your future into your own hands and consult directly with an experienced testosterone therapy lawsuit attorney. You may be eligible for damages if the company is found liable for selling and marketing these therapies without proper warnings being provided to physicians and patients. Don’t hesitate to get the help you need if you or a loved one has been impacted by the adverse side effects listed above. You may be able to participate in a class action lawsuit. If you decide to file, you need to find attorneys who understand the complicated nature of these types of claims.
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