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:

  • Androgel.
  • Androderm.
  • Axiron.
  • Bio-T-Gel.
  • Delatestryl.
  • Depo-testosterone.
  • Fortesta.
  • Striant.
  • Testim.
  • Testopel.

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 lawyers directly via this website or by phone to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.