Recent reports have raised concerns that testosterone therapy gives rise to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Testosterone therapy (also called androgen replacement therapy) takes the form of pills, injections, and patches or gels that are absorbed through the skin.
A study published in the November 2013 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated an association between testosterone therapy and increased rates of heart attack, stroke, and death. Out of 8,709 male veterans, the rates of deaths, heart attacks, and strokes were 29% higher in the group of men who had received testosterone therapy compared with those who had not.
Based on this data, physicians are becoming concerned over the limited knowledge of the side effects of testosterone therapy, and have called for additional studies.
Conversely, there is little data showing that the testosterone therapy provides a benefit for all but the most severe cases of low testosterone. Although a growing number of men are being prescribed testosterone therapy for a condition marked as “Low-T”, some doctors think that the medication is being over-prescribed. One reason for the over prescription of these drugs is the aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies
Lawyers are currently evaluating cases on behalf of men who suffered a stroke or heart attack while receiving testosterone therapy with such drugs as such as Androgel, Androderm Axiron, Delatestryl, Dep-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testrim or Testopel. If you have experiences with these drugs and wish to share them publicly, please contribute by posting your experience. If you wish to speak to a lawyer about your legal rights, please use the contact a lawyer privately module below.