When many of us think about low-testosterone treatment, what comes to mind is improving one’s vigor and vitality. However, it is not well-known to many that these products and treatments could lead to heart problems. In fact, attorneys across the country are filing lawsuits on behalf of men who used testosterone therapies in light of new studies and information linking these Low-T products to heart attack, stroke and death in those who use them. Many patients have filed testosterone replacement therapy lawsuits alleging injuries as a result of the treatment.
Why Do Low-T Treatments Allegedly Cause Heart Attacks?
A recent study found that middle-aged men with a history of heart disease and men ages 65 or older are twice as likely to have a heart attack after using prescription testosterone. What’s worse, these patients are often not warned about the products’ risks, which means they are unable to make informed decisions about their course of treatment and whether they wish to go through these treatments despite the potential dangers.
When you take prescription testosterone, there is the heightened risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots because of the influence these drugs have on red blood cells. When testosterone is administered through a gel, patch or an injection, it could lead to an increase in the amount of red blood cells in the body. When these cells begin to bunch up together, they cause the blood to thicken. This makes it more difficult for blood to freely flow throughout the body. This causes high blood pressure, which could lead to strokes and heart attacks. Older men are particularly vulnerable to these complications because their arteries may already be narrow due to aging or disease.
What Is the FDA Doing In Response?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2014 said it would investigate the safety of Low-T treatment drugs after the publication of several studies that showed the link between these treatments and heart problems. In March 2015, the FDA announced that all manufacturers of prescription testosterone products would be required to update their products’ labels to better warn both patients and doctors about the risk of heart attacks and strokes from using these products. The FDA further noted that these products are being over-prescribed to men suffering low testosterone due and recommends that these products only be prescribed to men who are suffering from low testosterone due to a diagnosed medical condition.
Contact an Experienced Testosterone Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered side effects after receiving testosterone replacement therapy, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced testosterone lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a testosterone lawsuit for you, and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.