No one likes getting older, or at least we don’t like certain aspects of the aging process. Men are just as susceptible to poor self-image as they age as women are. That’s why it wasn’t too much of a surprise when late night infomercials on TV began discussing a ‘quick fix’ for some of the less pleasant aspects of getting older, such as decreased energy, decreased muscle mass, lost sex drive and poorer memory.

Enter testosterone therapy. Hailed by the infomercials as a cure all for the ‘ills’ of male aging, it could supposedly change lives. What these infomercials did not mention, however, was that all of this good stuff could come with a big price; a man’s overall health.

For all that this therapy for ‘low-T’ promised that men would benefit from an improved body, mind and even libido some found that they also were now at greater risk for strokes, heart attacks or blood clots. These dangerous, potentially deadly side effects were not highlighted in any of these commercials, for obvious reasons. There was, in some, that droning voice that quickly lists some of the potential side effects, but very few listened to it, concentrating instead on all the great promises the effervescent infomercial hosts made.

Please note:  Our firm is not accepting cases regarding prostate cancer and testosterone therapy. Our work is currently limited to representing those who started testosterone therapy to address ‘low-T’.

Some of the testosterone therapy products under scrutiny for their potentially deadly side effects include the following:

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

Is Low T even a Real Health Condition?

Low T has become something of a buzzword, but the question is, is it also really a valid medical condition and does testosterone therapy really help reverse those natural effects of the aging process like a lowered sex drive and a loss of muscle mass?

Medically, there is a condition known as male hypogonadism and it is a condition in which the male body ceases to produce enough testosterone due to a testicular or pituitary gland problem. Hypogonadism  can result in many of the problems discussed in those Low T Infomercials. However, according to medical experts, it is a relatively rare condition and for most men things like loss of libido, increased fatigue and a loss of muscle tone are simply the result of getting older.

As far as the FDA is concerned, while they are still investigating the issue in general, one thing is clear—T estosterone therapy is only for men with a diagnosed associated medical condition called male hypogonadism, not by men without that official diagnosis. The agency confirmed this advice in a 2014 safety announcement that also warned of the risk of heart attack, stroke and death to those making use of testosterone therapy in general.

If you believe that you suffered adverse health effects as a result of taking prescription testosterone to combat ‘low-T’ you may be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering. To learn more, simply complete our online contact form or call phone Number to speak with an experienced attorney in complete confidence.

 

Low T": Is There Such a Thing?

Also known as androgen replacement therapy, testosterone therapy is used to treat male hypogonadism, a condition wherein the male body fails to produce enough of the male sex hormone testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or pituitary gland.

There can be two causes of male hypogonadism: primary or central. With primary male hypogonadism, the testicles themselves do not function properly. Causes of primary male hypogonadism may include infection, radiation, liver and kidney disease or certain autoimmune disorders. With central male hypogonadism, the centers in the brain known as the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland that signal the testicles to produce testosterone do not function properly. Causes of central male hypogonadism may include genetic problems, certain medications such as steroids, bleeding, surgery or tumors.

No matter the cause or type of male hypogonadism, the symptoms of hypogonadism are typically the same: a loss of sex drive as well as other symptoms such as impotence, osteoporosis, fatigue or weakness.

Similar to the decline in sex hormones that women experience as they age, male hypogonadism is a natural occurrence that comes with aging and men normally have lower testosterone as they age. However, for men, the decline is typically not as quick or dramatic as it is in women, instead, there is a more slow and continuous decrease in male testosterone production.

That leads us to this question. While male hypogonadism — the medical term for “Low T,” or low testosterone — is a real condition, how common is it, particularly for older men?

The answer? In reality, experts say that few men are actually diagnosed with hypogonadism and that many signs or symptoms of hypogonadism are a normal part of aging.

What Research Has Been Done Regarding the Safety of Testosterone Therapy?

The largest study to date examining heart disease in men taking testosterone supplements was performed by UCLA, the National Institutes of Health and Consolidated Research Inc. and published in the Jan. 29, 2014, online edition of the journal PLOS ONE. The study found that men under 65 with a history of heart disease were twice or even three times as likely to have a heart attack shortly after beginning testosterone therapy. The study also confirmed previous studies that found that men older than 65 were twice as likely to have a heart attack shortly after beginning testosterone therapy, with or without a history of heart disease.

The study’s senior author, Sander Greenland, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a professor of statistics in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, said that, “The extensive and rapidly increasing use of testosterone treatment and the evidence of risk of heart attack underscore the urgency of further large studies of the risks and the benefits of this treatment.”

Another study, cited by the FDA along with Greenland’s study as a cause for the FDA’s decision to reassess the cardiovascular safety of testosterone therapy, was an observational study of older men in the U.S. Veteran Affairs health system first published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November 2013. The study suggested that a 30 percent increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death was present in the group of men that had been prescribed testosterone therapy.

As Greenland said, more studies are needed to discover how testosterone negatively affects the heart, however there is a theory that testosterone may cause fluid retention and edema, thereby putting extra strain on the heart.

What Has the FDA Done to Help?

On January 31, 2014, the FDA released a safety announcement saying that it was investigating the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products due to the studies mentioned above. The FDA noted that they had not made a final decision regarding whether or not FDA-approved testosterone treatments increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or death however they noted that, “Testosterone products are FDA-approved only for use in men who lack or have low testosterone levels in conjunction with an associated medical condition.” Likewise, “None of the FDA-approved testosterone products are approved for use in men with low testosterone levels who lack an associated medical condition.”

How Popular is Testosterone Therapy?

While the need for many aging men to take testosterone therapy may be up for debate, there is no debate surrounding the popularity of testosterone therapy. In fact, according to the independent medicine website Drugs.com, sales of the testosterone gel AndroGel exceeded sales of Viagra in 2013.

Four times as many men who are 40 and over take testosterone therapy today than did in 2000 and, since 2000, over a million men have had their testosterone levels tested and half a million men have begun using testosterone therapy.

In 2011, nearly one man in 25 in their 60s was taking testosterone supplementation. What’s more, as a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reveals, these men are taking testosterone therapy for two things only: to increase sex drive and energy levels.

But perhaps a quote in The New York Times by Dr. Lisa Schwartz, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, says it best of all: “We’re giving people hormones that we don’t know they need for a disease that we don’t know they have, and we don’t know if it’ll help them or harm them.”

Does It Matter Which Form of Testosterone Therapy I Took?

Brand name prescription testosterone products we are investigating as part of the testosterone therapy lawsuit include:

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

Testosterone products can be applied in a number of ways such as tablets to be stuck in the gums of the mouth like Striant, medicated skin patches like Androderm, skin gels like Bio-T-Gel, injections like Delatestryl or solutions applied to the underarm like Axiron. Typically, once testosterone therapy begins, patients undergo lifelong treatments with these products.

Both bioidentical and synthetic versions of pharmaceutical testosterone are used in testosterone therapy. While bioidentical testosterone is created in a laboratory, it is chemically identical to the natural testosterone hormone made by the body. Because of this — in theory rather than in practice — it is thought to result in fewer side effects. One of the most popular testosterone gels, AndroGel, is a bioidentical testosterone hormone.

Synthetic testosterones, as the name suggests, do not match the hormone made by the body as they have been altered from their original chemical build. Synthetic testosterone is sometimes used in steroids taken for fast muscle development and are more recognized for their serious side effects.

How to File a Lawsuit for Dangerous Testosterone Side Effects

An unhappy truth surrounding a testosterone therapy lawsuit is a simple one: that men may be able to raise their testosterone naturally via diet, exercise and losing unwanted weight. For many men, taking testosterone therapy was not just unnecessary, it was also avoidable altogether — had they known the real facts.

Testosterone lawsuits exist to help bridge the gap between what should have happened and what actually happened. With a testosterone lawsuit, you can also stand up against pharmaceutical companies taking advantage of your good intentions to look after your health and that of your families. You can say, What you did was wrong.

Information about the Lawsuit

You’ve seen the commercials on late night TV. Testosterone therapy was supposed to be a quick-fix, a cure-all for the more unsatisfying aspects of growing older. Increased sex drive, increased muscle mass, more energy and improved moods — the commercials said taking testosterone could better our lives, for the rest of our lives. What they failed to mention fully were the dangerous side effects caused by testosterone therapy for Low T.

If you suffered a stroke, heart attack, or blood clot issues, such as pulmonary embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) while taking prescription testosterone therapy drugs, you may be eligible to file a testosterone therapy lawsuit with us. Prescription testosterone products may include the following low testosterone supplements: AndroDerm, AndroGel, Axiron, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testim and Testopel.