Testosterone Booster Lawsuits

In a 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers discovered that men who use drugs to treat low testosterone, or “Low T,” were 30% more likely to have a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke during a three-year period than men who have low testosterone and didn’t take supplements.

Low T drugs, sometimes called testosterone therapy or testosterone boosters, were approved by the FDA to treat men diagnosed with hypogonadism, an endocrine disorder that usually results in severe testosterone deficiency. However, a study in the JAMA Internal Medicine found that nearly a quarter of men who receive a prescription for testosterone therapy drugs have not had necessary blood tests to diagnose hypogonadism.

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would be investigation testosterone booster side effects, including heart attacks and stroke.

Men in their 40s are the fastest-growing demographic of testosterone users, according to the study. About half of those prescribed testosterone drugs were diagnosed with hypogonadism. About 40% reported a sexual dysfunction, and one third also received a diagnosis of fatigue. Many of the side effects of low testosterone, including decreased sex drive and fatigue, occur naturally as testosterone levels begin to decrease in men aged 40 and older.

Prescriptions of low testosterone drugs (including refills) have tripled since 2001, and more than doubled from 208 million in 2008 to 432 million in 2012, according to health-care information company IMS Health. Sales of the drugs topped $2 billion in 2012, compared to $700 million in 2008.

In addition to severe testosterone booster side effects such as heart attacks and stroke, testosterone therapy side effects can include thickening of the blood, acne, and decreased sperm count.

Testosterone treatment drugs include:

  • AndroGel
  • AndroDerm
  • Axiron
  • Bio-T Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Foresta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel

If you or a loved one experienced a heart attack, stroke, or other testosterone side effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the testosterone lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free contact form on the right of this page.

 

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