If you have taken AndroGel, Androderm, Testim, or other testosterone drugs and have suffered a serious injury, you may want to consider your potential legal claim. Call us today at 1-800-887-8029 to find out if you have a case.
Several patients taking testosterone supplements have been experiencing serious cardiovascular injuries, including, heart attacks and strokes. Testosterone supplements can be administered by injection, patch, or as a gel. As men age, the body naturally decreases its production of testosterone. After the age of 30, most men begin to experience symptoms of low testosterone, including, decrease in sex drive, loss of muscle mass, and lack of energy.
What Are Low Testosterone Drugs
Drug manufacturers have capitalized on the growing awareness of low testosterone, also known as Low T, by manufacturing supplements designed to increase testosterone. The following are some of the most recognizable testosterone products on the market:
Testosterone drug manufacturers claim their products increase testosterone in men. However, it is reported that currently there are no long term studies showing the effectiveness of the drugs.
Testosterone Therapy Studies Warn of Cardiovascular Injuries
In the November 6, 2013 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Rebecca Vigen reported on a study that evaluated cardiovascular injuries of men given testosterone prescriptions compared to men not on testosterone therapy. The study reported roughly a 30% increase in risk of heart attack or stroke for men using testosterone supplements compared to people not using testosterone supplements. The authors ultimately concluded the use of testosterone was associated with increased risk of adverse cardiovascular injuries, including, myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke.
A January 2014 published study by epidemiologist William Finkle and researches at UCLA also showed an increase risk of heart attack for men using testosterone therapy drugs. The authors in this study found that in men 65 and older, the risk of heart attack more than doubled in the 90 days after receiving a testosterone prescription. The UCLA study included a sample of over 55,000 men and ultimately found that “in older men, and in younger men with pre-existing diagnosed heart disease, the risk of MI following initiation of [testosterone therapy] prescription is substantially increased.
How We Can Help
If you have experienced a serious cardiac event while using a testosterone therapy, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your potential legal claim. For more information, or to talk with a lawyer experienced in this drug injury cases, please call us toll-free at 1.800.887.8029 for a free consultation or fill out an online free case review form below. Zimmerman Reed is experienced in handling prescription drug cases and we welcome your questions.