Despite warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the Endocrine Society that testosterone supplements should only be given to men for medical reasons, clinics are opening around the country that reportedly provide the supplements to men for “lifestyle” reasons. Many older men are encouraged to use testosterone supplements to feel younger and healthier, but many of them suffer from complications.
If you have suffered a complication from testosterone treatment, contact Attorney Group today for more information about a potential testosterone side effect lawsuit. We provide free, no-obligation consultations and can connect you with a testosterone side affect attorney who can assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.
Testosterone “Lifestyle” Clinics
“Lifestyle clinic” is a term sometimes used to describe a facility that is not connected to hospitals or other health agencies but does have medical doctors on staff who are able to prescribe testosterone products. Reportedly, clients sometimes do not undergo tests to determine if they have low testosterone. Once an uncommon procedure, the market for testosterone replacement therapy, administered through products such as Axiron, Androgel and Testim, has grown to an estimated $2 billion per year in sales. Many experts believe aggressive marketing has led to the growth of lifestyle clinics, as men are urged to talk to their doctors if they suffer from decreased sex drive, reduced strength or lack of energy—symptoms attributed to low testosterone that can also be attributed to the natural aging process.
Potential Dangers of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Many medical experts have expressed concern about overuse of testosterone replacement products and conclude that most of the men taking the products have no medical need for them. A 2013 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that older men who had undergone coronary angiography had a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke if they used testosterone supplements. Another study published in 2014 found that testosterone use may double the risk of heart attack for men over 65, even if they had no prior history of coronary issues. Younger men had double the risk if they had a previous history of heart disease. These reports, as well as claims from men who suffered heart attacks or strokes after using testosterone, have led to many testosterone side effects lawsuits.
Testosterone Side Effects Leading to Lawsuits
Both the Endocrine Society and FDA warned last September that there are studies indicating a risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden death in men who are prescribed testosterone supplements. Testosterone side effect lawsuits have been filed on behalf of men who allegedly suffered debilitating heart attacks or strokes, as well as wrongful death suits by families whose loved one died after using the products. The FDA advisory panel has urged that drug manufacturers be required to revise testosterone replacement warning labels to add the risk for men with heart problems who use the drugs.
Heart Problems After Taking Testosterone? Call Attorney Group
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack or stroke, or if a loved one has died after using testosterone replacement products, you may be eligible to file a testosterone side effect lawsuit an receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, or wrongful death damages caused by the loss of a loved one. Contact Attorney Group today for a free consultation.