A rising number of lawsuits in the United States are being filed by men who have experienced cardiovascular complications from testosterone therapy side effects. Testosterone therapy is available and can be delivered as a gel, pill, implant, patch or injection. These prescription testosterone therapies have been associated with an increased risk of cardiac problems among older and middle-aged men with a history of heart disease. Studies reveal that an increased libido caused by higher testosterone levels make men using testosterone therapies prone for cardiac complications. A federally-funded research study was set to tackle whether testosterone gels could aid older men to build muscle in 2009, but was stopped after the study’s participants started to suffer cardiac problems and heart attacks.
Allegations that the use of testosterone treatments such as testosterone gels and creams are being overprescribed to patients nationwide, most often being recommended to men with no real need for the medication. Testosterone is a hormone responsible in maintaining sex drive, bone health, energy levels and muscle mass. It is completely natural for testosterone levels to decrease in men as they age, it is not considered an illness thus, does not require medical treatment. The only approved use of testosterone therapy is for the treatment of hypogonadism, a disorder that causes severe testosterone deficiency and most of the men prescribed testosterone were not given routine blood tests to check for hypogonadism. It is alleged that the manufacturers of testosterone treatments over advertised their products with statements that , enticed men to seek medical advice about the possibility of having low testosterone levels.
Men that came forward have alleged that after using testosterone therapies, they suffered from any of the following health complications:
- Heart Attack
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Transient Ischemic Attacks (“mini-strokes”)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Organ Damage
Lawsuits are being filed for the following testosterone therapies and their manufacturers:
- Bio-T Gel – a testosterone treatment gel
- AndroGel – a spray gel that is applied to the upper arms or shoulder, marketed by AbbVie
- Axiron – a testosterone gel that is applied to the armpits like a deodorant, introduced by Eli Lilly
- Foresta – a testosterone spray gel that is applied to the thigh, introduced by Endo Pharmaceuticals
- Testim – a testosterone gel treatment that is applied to the shoulders, introduced by Auxilium
- AndroDerm – a testosterone patch, introduced by Actavis
- Delatestryl – a testosterone injection treatment, introduced byEndo Pharmaceuticals
- Depo-Testosterone – an injection testosterone therapy, introduced by Pfizer
- Testopel – a testosterone pellet, sold by Auxilium
- Striant – a testosterone supplement, sold by Auxilium
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