The dangers of testosterone therapy has placed men suffering from hypogonadism at an increased risk for skin cancer; heart attacks; strokes; blood clots; and more. The following information is designed to better assist those suffering from the potential side effects of testosterone therapy as well as how the Hollis Law Firm, an experienced testosterone therapy law firm, can help with the litigation process.
Why are testosterone therapy lawsuits being filed?
Testosterone replacement therapy is approved specifically for the treatment of hypogonadism, a disorder that causes severe testosterone deficiency. A study published in JAMA reported that over 1 in 4 men never even have their testosterone levels tested prior to receiving a prescription of testosterone. Additionally, the FDA was unable to ascertain if the men who were tested and then prescribed testosterone actually had low testosterone. Finally, of those who received a testosterone prescription, only 6% had follow-up testing to see if testosterone levels had improved. Testosterone sales have skyrocketed in recent years, in part because of direct to consumer advertising suggesting that testosterone therapy is appropriate if one lacks energy, is sad, or even grumpy.
Types of testosterone therapy products
There are many options for men suffering from erectile dysfunction and hypogonadism. A patient has the option between injectable solutions, patches, pills, gels, creams, and much more. Many patients must be given a prescription before taking testosterone therapy products. Most men turn to Viagra®. Viagra is commonly known as the “little blue pill” and quickly skyrocketed the manufacturer, Pfizer, to the number one pharmaceutical company. While all testosterone therapies have risks and side effects associated with them, Viagra has been directly linked to melanoma, the most severe skin cancer. The market for these products solicited to men that this would provide them a fountain of youth, increased vitality, strength, and sex drive. Patients were not warned of the potential long-term side effects associated with testosterone therapy.
How does testosterone therapy work?
Testosterone is a hormone found in males that controls the majority of how their body functions. When men age, their testosterone decline about one percent every year. Some men experience a greater percentage drop than the average. While some men age at average, others develop hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a condition where the patient does not develop enough testosterone. Testosterone therapy helps those with hypogonadism with gaining muscle and increasing their sex drive. The continual hormone exposure can be done with a wide array of medication. The most popular testosterone therapy is Viagra®.
How did testosterone therapy make it to the market?
On January 31, 2014, the FDA decided to investigate the risk of testosterone supplements after reviewing a study published in JAMA and a second study published in PLoS ONE. The FDA initially recommended that doctors should consider whether the benefits of testosterone treatment outweigh its risk. In June of 2014, the FDA announced that testosterone therapy medications will be required to carry a warning label alerting users to the risk associated with developing blood clots. The FDA is also actively investigating the risks of increase likelihood of stroke, heart attack and death associated with testosterone therapy.
What are the side effects of testosterone therapy?
The side effects of testosterone therapy may be severe and may include the following:
- Increased risk for blood clots
- Lower sperm count
- Increased risk for skin and prostate cancer
- Worsening of sleep apnea symptoms
- and much more
Recent studies link certain testosterone therapy remedies to increased heart attacks and skin cancer. The findings of these articles pronounce that men reaching their 70s double their risk for these side effects than younger men.
Testosterone therapy side effect: skin cancer
Skin cancer is not a joke. There are different levels of skin cancer. The cancer cell develops in three different stages:
Squamous cells. These cells are thinner and flat. They appear on the very top layer of the epidermis. These cells are easily removable.
Basal cells. If you have not paid attention to your skin cancer, you may have basal cells underneath the existing squamous cells.
Melanocytes. This is the most severe type of skin cancer and it can be found anywhere in the skin. The treatment for melanoma is expensive and very painful. The To remove this skin cancer, it will need to be completely cut out. Depending on the severity of the cancer, a skingraph might be required.
Testosterone therapy side effect: heart attack
A heart attack is a blood clot that restricts the heart from getting necessary nutrients. Without constant flow of oxygen in and out of the heart, heart tissue dies. When heart tissue dies, it triggers a heart attack and that tissue cannot function again. Testosterone therapy has been linked to heart attacks in recent studies. If you or a loved one has experienced life threatening side effects after taking testosterone therapy for an extended period of time, pick up a phone and contact the Hollis Law Firm to determine if you qualify for a testosterone therapy side effect claim.
Testosterone therapy side effect: strokes
A stroke is whenever there a clot stops the flow of oxygen in and out of the brain. This restriction of oxygen “starves” the surrounding brain tissues dies and triggers a heart attack. Many patients are reporting an increased amount of strokes due to their testosterone therapy medication. If you or a loved one has experienced strokes after consuming testosterone therapy medication for an extended period of time, it may be time to consider contacting a testosterone therapy side effect attorney to help you determine if your case is viable for compensation.
How do I know if I have a testosterone therapy claim?
You may have an testosterone therapy claim if you or a close loved one has suffered drastic side effects after taking testosterone therapy, such as Viagra, for a long period of time. To find out if you or a loved one can file a testosterone therapy lawsuit claim, speak to an experienced testosterone therapy attorney today at the Hollis Law Firm. The attorneys at the Hollis Law Firm offer free case reviews for testosterone therapy claims. Each case is reviewed on an individual bases. The Hollis Law Firm represents clients from Kansas and Missouri, and partners with Xarelto injury lawyers in all 50 states to provide representation to clients throughout the country. To speak to a member of the Hollis Law team about your case, please contact the Hollis Law Firm by completing a contact form or by calling (800) 701-3672.
Please click the links below for resources relating to this drug
- FDA Safety Announcement Statement
- Testosterone Replacement tTherapy Faces FDA Scrutiny Article
- Association of Testosterone (Therapy With Mortality,Myocardial Infarction, and Stroke in Men With Low Testosterone Levels)
- Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction Following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men
- FDA adding general warning to testosterone products about potential for venous blood clots