Testosterone therapy has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including heart attack, stroke, and even death. Moreover, evidence continues to mount highlighting the dangers of testosterone therapy. For instance, a study published in the Journal of American Medicine last fall found that that among men with heart disease and low testosterone levels, the use of testosterone therapy increased the risk of serious problems including heart attack, stroke, and death of nearly 30 percent.
Data also shows that among men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease, the risk of heart attack nearly triples for men taking testosterone supplements and doubles for men over the age of 65 even if they have no history of heart disease.
Types of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
In 2011, more than 5 million prescriptions for testosterone were written in the United States. Testosterone replacement therapy comes in a number of forms and there are a number of testosterone products on the market, including the following:
- AndroGel, a spray gel marketed by AbbVie and one of the most widely used testosterone treatments.
- AndroDerm, a testosterone patch manufactured by Actavis.
- Axiron, a testosterone gel manufactured by Eli Lilly and applied to the armpits.
- Bio-T Gel, a once-daily testosterone gel.
- Delatestryl, a testosterone injection treatment manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals and administered every 1 to 4 weeks.
- Depo-Testosterone, an injection testosterone replacement therapy manufactured by Pfizer.
- Foresta, a testosterone spray gel applied to the thigh daily and manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals.
- Testim, a widely used testosterone gel applied to the shoulders daily and manufactured by Auxilium.
- Testopel, a testosterone implant sold by Auxilium.
- Striant, a testosterone supplement applied to the gums twice daily and sold by Auxilium.
What to Do If You Have Used or Are Using Testosterone Replacement Therapy
If you are taking or have taken any form of testosterone replacement therapy, you should immediately discuss the dangers and risks of testosterone side effects with your doctor. Moreover, if you have suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other serious side effect while taking testosterone, you may want to contact a lawyer about a possible testosterone lawsuit. Manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapy can be held accountable for their products and you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress caused by dangerous testosterone side effects.
The Chicago testosterone injury lawyers at Ankin Law Office are dedicated to helping the victims of testosterone side effects obtain the financial recovery that they deserve. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of medical malpractice, product liability lawsuits, and class actions lawsuits based on unsafe pharmaceutical drugs.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experienced unsafe drug lawyers to learn more about a possible testosterone injury lawsuit.