AndroGel Heart Problems Pose Serious Concerns for Doctors over Testosterone Therapy
As prescriptions for AndroGel and other testosterone treatments have risen sharply in recent years, a growing number of doctors are expression serious concerns about the risk of heart problems, including recent findings that men may face a higher risk of death, strokes and heart attacks from testosterone side effects.
The Endocrine Society, which is an organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology, issued a statement (PDF) last week, warning doctors about the risk of heart problems from Androgel and other testosterone treatments.
The Society stresses that doctors should warn patients about the potential heart risks of testosterone therapy and carefully monitor patients to optimize the dose and reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. Drug makers are also being called on to conduct large-scale, prospective, randomized studies to evaluate the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy, espcially among older men with age-related low tesosterone.
Have You Suffered Heart Problems from AndroGel or Other Testosterone Treatment?
Similar concerns were expressed in an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in late 2013, in which doctors indicated that there have been insufficient long-term studies about the side effects of AndroGel and other testosterone treatments.
While the manufacturers have conducted studies that show the short-term benefits, those trial shave largely been small and did not look at the long-term consequences of testosterone use.
Despite the lack of information about the risk of AndroGel heart problems, sales of the popular testosterone gel treatment have risen dramatically in recent years. In recent years, sales of AndroGel have reached $1.37 billion per year, and were predicted to continue to rise.
According to the JAMA editorial, 2.9% of men in the United States over the age of 40 are now being given testosterone treatments, based upon representations by the manufacturers that the drugs are safe, despite no solid proof.
The lack of data obtained by the makers of AndroGel have not led to any hesitation in aggressively promoting the drugs, inventing phrases like “Low T” and suggesting that testosterone replacement is necessary to “restore” levels of sex drive and activity that were never intended to be maintained throughout the entirety of life.
AndroGel Lawyers for Heart Attacks, Strokes, Death
The AndroGel injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential product liability lawsuits for users of testosterone gels, creams, patches, injection, pills and other forms of replacement therapy, who have suffered a:
- Heart Attack
Financial compensation may be available for Testosterone heart problems as a result of the manufacturers’ failure to adequately research the potential side effects and properly warn consumers and the medical community.
To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.