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A study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that Testosterone therapy significantly increases the risk of heart attack in older men with a history of heart disease. These findings have prompted some experts to call for more extensive warning labels on such drugs.

The study is one of many in recent years which has suggested a link between cardiac problems and Testosterone-based medicines, be it gels, patches, pellets, or injections. The hormone is approved for low Testosterone levels and is widely marketed for symptoms of “low T”, which may include fatigue, low libido, and general malaise. Sales have soared in the last decade.

According to Dr. Michael Lauer, director of cardiovascular sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the new study, which was not a randomized trial, the gold standard in medical research, “may not tell us very much. But when you put this together with the rest of the medical literature, this tells us that we potentially have a problem.”

Testosterone drugs currently carry no mention of increase risk on their labels or advertisements, said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a senior adviser to the Washington advocacy group Public Citizen. “Given that there have been several studies now, I don’t see how the Food and Drug Administration can justify having no warnings of heart attacks at all,” he said.

In a statement, Andrea Fischer, an F.D.A. spokeswoman, said the agency was reviewing the new findings. “We will communicate any new safety information on testosterone products when our reviews of all new information have been completed,” she said.

The new study, published on Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE, tracked about 56,000 older and middle-aged men around the country who were prescribed testosterone between 2008 and 2010. The study looked specifically at their rate of heart attacks in the year before receiving their new prescriptions, and in the three months after. Men 65 and older had double the rate of heart attacks in the months after starting the drug, as did those younger than 65 with a previous diagnosis of heart disease. There was no evidence of greater risk in the younger men without a history of heart problems.

Testosterone increases the production of red blood cells, which can clump together or coagulate, essentially making blood thicker, said Mary Schooling, a professor of public health at Hunter College who published a large study linking testosterone use to cardiovascular events last year. That may be especially hazardous in men who have narrowed arteries because of aging and disease. “There is a potential for harm, and people should know about this,” she said.

Testosterone Drug Lawsuit Lawyers

Many older men would like to feel young again. This is basically the promise of Testosterone-based medicinal treatments. But at what cost are these results achieved? Many medications are used by consumers in spite of the risks clearly stated on the drugs. But this case is different. By refusing to educate users about potential health risks, manufacturers of  Testosterone-based medicines are subjecting millions of unsuspecting men to potentially fatal side effects.

If you or someone you know has used a Testosterone-based drug to treat “Low T” or any other malady, and subsequently suffered a heart attack or cardiovascular issue, don’t hesitate to reach out for proper representation.

Testosterone therapy may pose a serious risk to the men who use it, and the risk may even be fatal, new studies are showing.

The FDA has been investigating numerous testosterone-replacing drugs after troubling reports of higher rates of strokes, heart attacks and deaths from the men who have been using the drug. One such drug, AndroGel, reportedly caused a stroke for a gentleman who was using it; the victim’s attorney claims that the drug possessed no warning label signifying the greater risk of heart attack or stroke.

The FDA has not advised men taking testosterone drugs to cease the treatment during the investigation.

These reports have been rising in recent times, and they are concerning; testosterone therapy is undertaken by countless men, and if there is a greater risk for strokes and heart attacks—and even death—then patients have a right to know about it. The FDA should work hard to investigate these products and ensure they’re safe for consumers.

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