Louisiana Testosterone Attorney
The use of testosterone replacement treatment for men diagnosed with “Low T” has grown significantly in the past few years. However, due to studies finding an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in men using testosterone treatments, lawsuits and claims against the manufacturers of testosterone treatments have also started growing. If you have suffered a serious injury, or know someone who has, after using testosterone therapy, contact Attorney Group for Louisiana to discuss your case and possibly get connected to a Louisiana testosterone attorney.
The Role of Testosterone in Males
The hormone, an androgen, is produced naturally in the testes of sexually mature males. Surprisingly, males produce many times the level of hormones compared to the female production of their hormone, estrogen. Testosterone has the following natural effects in males of all ages.
- Determination of sexual formation of fetus.
- Production of secondary sexual characteristics, such as:
- Body hair
- Body odor
- Voice deepening
- Muscle bulk
- Sexual arousal
- Helps produce red blood cells.
- Helps bone growth.
Causes of Low Testosterone Levels in Men
Men who have been diagnosed with low levels of the testosterone naturally produced by their testes have reported erectile dysfunction, along with the inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection. There are many causes of low testosterone, including:
- Loss of testicles, or testicular injury or infection
- Chemotherapy during cancer treatment
- Genetic abnormalities
- High levels of iron in the blood and body
- Pituitary gland dysfunction
- Inflammatory diseases
- Medications, particularly steroids and hormone that treat cancer of the prostate
- Chronic illnesses, particularly of the kidneys and liver
Medications Used for Male Hormone Replacement
There are 10 different prescription medication marketed in the U.S. that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for male hormone replacement.
- Androgel, a hormone replacement that is in a gel pump, applied to the shoulders or arms.
- Depo-Testosterone, as the brand name or testosterone cypionate in generic form, by injection.
- Axiron, a liquid topical solution used under the arms.
- Testim, a gel sold in tubes and applied to the shoulders.
- Androderm, sold as patches, applied to the stomach, thighs, back or upper arms.
- Fortesta, sold in gel pumps and applied to the thighs.
- Delatestryl, as the brand name or the generic testosterone enathnate, as injectable medication.
- Android, in capsule form
- Striant, adheres to the gums.
- Testopel is a pellet placed under the skin for 3 – 6 months.
Possible Dangerous Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
A study of 8,700 men who received testosterone replacement therapy for three years was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association and another study found that those men are at a higher risk of stroke, heart attacks or death compared to men who do not receive the therapy. Men who already had heart problems were the ones that were reportedly considered to be at the highest risk. There is a reported 29 percent greater risk of heart attack, stroke or death.
Other side effects such as increased blood pressure, blood clots in the leg and other severe health effects were noted in men with kidney, heart or liver disease. In 2009, a study of 25 males found that those with artificially raised testosterone were 27 percent less generous than men with normal testosterone levels. The studies found those men also had other behavioral problems and took greater risks with their finances.
If you or your loved one have experienced any of the above effects, you should speak with a Louisiana testosterone attorney. Each case is different, and it is important to understand your legal rights if you are adversely affected by a treatment that is meant to help you.
Injured? Contact a Louisiana Testosterone Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has taken testosterone therapy and has later suffered a heart attack, stroke, or any other serious injury, it is important to seek legal counsel from a Louisiana testosterone attorney who can help you understand your legal rights. Attorney Group for Louisiana can answer questions, help the client decide if they have a claim, and connect them with an affiliated attorney, all at no upfront cost. Contact us today for your free consultation, and start your road to financial recovery.