Dangerous Drugs and Defective Medical Devices FAQs
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Are there any risks associated with testosterone replacement therapies?
Testosterone replacement therapy may sound like just what you need. The promise of increased energy and an increased sex drive are enticing, but they may come at a significant price for men who experience lower testosterone levels due to normal aging.
The Risks of Heart Attack and Stroke
In January 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the public that the agency was investigating the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in men using testosterone replacement therapies.
These low-T medications include, but are not limited to:
In March 2015, the FDA updated a previously released safety announcement about low testosterone medications. According to the March 2015 announcement:
- Testosterone replacement therapies are only approved for men with certain medical conditions. Testosterone replacement therapies do not have FDA approval for treating men who experience the low testosterone that comes with normal aging.
- There is a potential increased risk of cardiovascular problems for aging men who take testosterone replacement therapies.
- Some studies show an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death related to testosterone replacement medications. Accordingly, the FDA began requiring a change in labels on these medications to inform men and their healthcare providers of the potential risk.
Some men have suffered life-changing or fatal heart attacks or strokes without being warned of the potential side effects.
Litigation Has Begun
Lawsuits have already been filed against the makers and marketers of different testosterone replacement therapies. However, you may still have time to file a claim if you have been hurt or if you represent the estate of someone who died from a heart attack or stroke after taking a testosterone replacement medication. For more information about how to protect your rights and get the recovery that you deserve, please contact our experienced dangerous drug lawyers directly via this website or by phone to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.
My son grew breasts after taking Risperdal. Could he recover damages in a lawsuit?
Your son may be able to recover damages in a lawsuit if he suffers from a condition known as gynecomastia after taking Risperdal. Gynecomastia is a medical condition that causes males to grow breast tissue. Risperdal increases the body’s levels of prolactin—a hormone that is found in higher levels in women. Some males who take Risperdal not only grow breast tissue but may also lactate. Gynecomastia can affect one breast or both breasts and may cause breast tissue growth that is equivalent to an adult female.
If the condition does not resolve itself when your son is taken off of Risperdal, then he may require surgery. In the meantime, he is suffering not only physically, but also psychologically.
And He May Have the Legal Right to a Recovery
Your son, with your help, if he is still a minor, may have the right to make a legal recovery for the condition that he has suffered. Other males who have suffered gynecomastia are suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for failing to warn them and their doctors of the potential risks associated with Risperdal.
While a lawsuit cannot undo the physical and psychological harm that your child has endured, it can help to pay his medical costs and other expenses related to gynecomastia. It may also compensate your son for his physical pain and emotional suffering.
You Can Continue to Protect Your Child With the Help of a Lawyer
You allowed the doctor to prescribe Risperdal for your son because you wanted him to have an appropriate treatment for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism symptoms, anxiety, depression, a sleep disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Unfortunately, the treatment created an entirely new problem.
However, you can continue to protect your child by getting him the medical care that he needs and by fighting for his legal recovery. Let us help you help your child. Contact an experienced dangerous drug lawyer today via this website or by phone to schedule a free and confidential consultation today.