Personal Injury Lawyer Representing Victims of Heart Attacks, Strokes,
and Death due to Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Accident and Injury Lawyer in South Florida Handling Testosterone Therapy
Lawsuits Against Androgel, Androderm, Axirom, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl,
Depo-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testim, and Testopel
If you or someone you know has been prescribed testosterone therapy in
Broward, Miami, or Palm Beach counties or anywhere in South Florida, and
has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or death, it’s best to contact
a personal injury and accident lawyer to investigate and see if your injury
was due to testosterone therapy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating several risks in men that have been taking FDA
approved testosterone. Two different studies indicate a higher risk of
cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, and death in groups
of men that have been taking testosterone products. Although the FDA is
still examining these studies, alerts have already been issued by the FDA.
The first study, which was conducted on older men in the U.S. Veteran Affairs
health system included men who had low serum testosterone and were doing
tests for coronary heart disease. The men who were involved in the study
were 60 years old on average and had underlying cardiovascular conditions.
One group of men was put on testosterone replacement therapy while the
other group was not. The results of the study indicated that 30 percent
of the men that were put on testosterone replacement therapy had higher
risks for stroke, heart attack, and death.
Another separate study suggested that men 65 years or older prescribed
with testosterone therapy had a twice as great a risk for heart attack
after only being on the prescription 90 days. The study also found that
men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease increased their
risk for heart attack by two or three times after 90 days of filling their
prescription. However, men under the age of 65 with no history of heart
disease did not have an increased risk for heart attack after 90 days
of taking the prescription.
Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for building bone mass, building
muscle, and stimulating sex drive. As men enter their thirties, their
testosterone production gradually begins to decline. When testosterone
decreases more than it should, men begin experiencing symptoms that are
often mistaken with aging.
Testosterone increases the production of red blood cells, which can thicken
blood and in turn cause cardiovascular events. Having thicker blood is
dangerous for men who already have narrowed arteries due to preexisting
conditions and/or aging. According to the
New York Times, testosterone therapy is only approved for men who have a condition known
as hypogonadism, which is an endocrine disorder that causes extremely
low levels of testosterone. In order for men to be diagnosed with hypogonadism,
a blood test must be performed. However, according to studies, twenty
five percent of men that have been prescribed testosterone did not have
their levels tested.
Men who are prescribed testosterone show symptoms of fatigue, low libido,
lack of energy, hair loss, increase in body fat, loss of muscle mass,
mood changes, decrease in bone mass, and other symptoms. Testosterone
replacement therapy comes in the forms of topical gels, pellets, transdermal
patches, and injections. Androgel is one of the most popular name brands
and comes in the form of a clear alcohol based gel, which is fast acting
once it’s absorbed into the skin. Other brands and types are Androderm,
Axirom, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant,
Testim, and Testopel
If you have suffered a heart attack or stroke or have lost a loved one
that was prescribed testosterone therapy,
call us at
(954) 833-1440 for a free consultation to see if we can represent you.