Mississippi men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone may want to hold off on opting for testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy comes in a variety of different forms, including gels, injections and/or patches. All of these products are marketed to remedy “low-t”, or low testosterone, but research indicates that older men using these testosterone boosting products are at greater risk of heart attacks and other dangers cardiovascular ailments.
If you or a loved one has suffered cardiovascular-related injuries after taking a testosterone replacement therapy product, contact a Jackson, Mississippi testosterone replacement therapy lawyer for a case evaluation. Injured victims may be entitled to legal compensation for the injuries caused by taking these dangerous products.
What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone is a male hormone produced in the testicles, and the male body uses it to produce sperm. Additionally, the amount of testosterone a man produces influence the amount of muscle tone a man may have. For these reasons, many men wish to boost their testosterone if they find out their testosterone levels are lower than they ought to be.
Testosterone therapy is only FDA-approved to treat hypogonadism, which is a rare condition that results when issues in the brain and/or testicles cause very little testosterone production. In some hypogonadism cases, no testosterone is produced at all. Testosterone replacement therapy is specifically suited to help these men. However, of the 5.3 million prescriptions written for testosterone in 2011, many of those prescriptions were likely made without the patient meeting the clinical standard of hypogonadism.
The simple reality of males and testosterone is that testosterone levels are meant to decrease as a man ages. That is why most older men with lower testosterone levels do not need treatment. Despite this, testosterone product advertisements deceive their target audience and boost sales by talking up testosterone therapy as some kind of magic cure-all. These ads cite testosterone as the cure for everything from depression, fatigue, increased body fat and more.
With the misleading advertising came a large spike in sales. leading to a 10-fold increase in testosterone prescriptions from 2000-2011. And, unfortunately, many of these men who received prescriptions were exposed to unnecessary dangers.
Known Risks and Dangers of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Men over the age of 65 who use testosterone therapy have been found to be twice as likely to have a heart attack. And, men under the age of 65 are three times as likely to have a heart attack if they use testosterone therapy after a previous heart disease diagnosis. These findings were published by PLoS One after gathering data from 56,000 older men over a three-year period.
Additionally, the Journal of the American Medical Association found that testosterone therapy can be linked to a 30% increased risk of stroke, heart attacks and death for men who average 60 years of age. After three years of using testosterone therapy, over 1 in 4 patients suffered from a cardiovascular event. Some of these cardiovascular risks include:
- Heart Attack
- Blood Clots
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
Some of the testosterone therapy products known to cause risks to patients include:
- And More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Lawsuits
In 2014, the FDA issued a statement indicating they would investigate the link between testosterone therapy and the aforementioned safety risks. A year later, the FDA asked testosterone replacement drug makers to cease marketing their products for treating age-related low testosterone. Additionally, the FDA required the drug makers to add heart attack and stroke warnings.
Given the dangers of testosterone replacement products, thousands of lawsuits have been filed by men who suffered cardiovascular events after taking these products.
If you live in Mississippi and have experienced a cardiovascular event after using these products, contact a testosterone replacement therapy lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi. At Maggio Thompson, LLP our team is committed to helping men who have been harmed by these products receive the justice and compensation they deserve.