Texas Testosterone Attorney
New studies have shown that testosterone therapy treatments may increase a man’s risk of heart attack, stroke and death. Research has found that men with heart problems were more likely to suffer these complications than those who did not take testosterone supplements. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed 8,700 men who were using testosterone therapies for a period of three years. This is the second major study that has reported such an elevated risk.
If you or a loved one have experienced complications and you feel your condition is directly related to a testosterone treatment therapy, contact an experienced Texas testosterone attorney today. The Attorney Group for Texas can help you to determine if you have a valid claim and put you in touch with an affiliated Texas testosterone attorney who will help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
What is Testosterone Treatment Therapy?
Also known as “low T treatment,” testosterone therapies are prescribed to men to help supplement or replenish low testosterone levels that may have declined due to the natural aging process. These therapies are intended to help build muscle mass, strengthen bone density and improve libido and sex drive.
According to news reports, more than five million prescriptions for these treatments were written in the U.S. in 2011 alone. Therapy is most commonly administered as an injection, patch or gel, and the following products are the most well-known treatments prescribed to help increase testosterone levels:
Side Effects of Testosterone Treatments
Several side effects of testosterone treatments that may be possible include headache, jaundice, vomiting and nausea. If you notice one or more of the following serious side effects, contact your healthcare provider and consider seeking legal counsel from a Texas testosterone attorney to learn more about your rights:
- Mood or mental changes such as increased anger, depression, anxiety
- Signs of liver disease such as unusual tiredness, abdominal pain
- Jaundice as evident from yellow eyes or skin and dark urine
- Difficulty urinating
- Tenderness or swelling of the breasts
- Prolonged, frequent or bothersome erections
- Decrease in sperm production
- Excess water retention
Although testosterone therapy can help men living with low testosterone levels, there are several conditions that may be worsened by using these products, including sleep apnea, congestive heart failure, high blood counts, prostate cancer and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
Additionally, there are several health problems that could increase a man’s risk of suffering from heart attack, stroke and death such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, artery blockage, and plaque buildup. These conditions can raise the likelihood that man’s current heart complications could worsen, and physicians are advised to prescribe these treatments with caution if a patient currently shows signs of cardiac problems.
Plaintiffs File Lawsuits to Seek Compensation
Patients are currently filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of several testosterone therapy treatments, alleging that the companies withheld important safety information from the medical and public communities. Most recently, on February 4, 2014, five AndroGel claims were filed in Illinois federal court against Abbott Laboratories, Inc. and AbbVie Inc.
Other allegations include emotional and physical damage, heart attacks, wrongful death and other severe side effects and complications. Manufacturers have been accused of failing to adequately research the risk of heart attack or stroke from testosterone therapy, particularly in men with high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, blocked arteries, obesity and other prior heart conditions.
Additionally, plaintiffs accuse manufacturers of recklessly marketing their treatments in direct-to-consumer advertisements that encourage men who are otherwise healthy to seek prescriptions for these therapies if they are experiencing general symptoms including decreased sex drive, weight gain, lack of energy and other effects brought on by the body’s natural aging process, not necessarily low testosterone levels.
If You are Injured, a Texas Testosterone Attorney Can Help
If you are currently undergoing a testosterone treatment therapy and you have experienced serious, unexpected side effects or complications, consider seeking legal counsel from an experienced Texas testosterone attorney. At Attorney Group for Texas, we understand the complex nature of testosterone therapies and the potentially harmful side effects that can ensue. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and connect you with an affiliated Texas testosterone attorney if we feel that you are eligible to seek compensation for your injuries.