5 Problems with Testosterone Therapy
As lawsuits continue to pour in from patients who have had problems with testosterone therapy, many users are wondering if they are in jeopardy of experiencing the same problems. Anyone who has undergone testosterone therapy and suffered from serious complications should file a free case review to find out if they have course for legal action.
What is Testosterone Therapy?
As men age, the natural levels of testosterone produced by their body begins to decline. A decrease in this natural hormone can cause several problems, including erectile dysfunction, low libido, lack of energy, as well as depression. These symptoms together can be a signal of low T, a condition in which the body does not produce the proper amounts of testosterone.
Testosterone therapy is used to treat one or more of these conditions by supplementing the body’s natural testosterone with either bioidentical or synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are created in a lab and designed to match the chemical makeup of the body’s natural testosterone as closely as possible. Synthetic hormones are not made to match the chemical makeup of natural testosterone, which could lead to more side effects.
Problems with Testosterone Therapy
There are several problems that a patient might meet when taking testosterone therapy. As is the case with many drugs or supplements, some problems and side effects are more common than others, and some more complex.
- Unnecessary Prescriptions – According to the Huffington Post, the FDA estimated that 1.5 million men were undergoing testosterone therapy in 2013, but roughly a quarter of them had not been diagnosed with low T. The article states that these men were being treated for symptoms rather than an actual medical condition, which comes with unknown side effects since the therapy had only been approved to treat low T.
- Increased Risk of Heart Attack – A study from the Journal of American Medicine found that men who were undergoing testosterone therapy had a 30 percent higher risk of death, heart attack or stroke compared to those who were not.
- Delayed Results – Those who are on testosterone therapy may not see results until well into the third month of treatment. In a culture growing more and more accustomed to instant gratification, this can create a problem for many patients who simply lack the patience to stick with the therapy until they begin to see results.
- Unknown Effect on Blood Pressure – Many experts have yet to definitively determine whether testosterone therapy causes high blood pressure, or if high blood pressure is caused by low T.
- Adverse Side Effects – Like most drugs or treatments, testosterone therapy comes with a slew of dangerous side effects, including, but not limited to, serious blood clots, breast enlargement, shrinking of testicles, exacerbation of sleep apnea, increased aggression or mood swings, and a decrease in sperm count.
What are my Legal Options?
Anyone who has encountered problems with testosterone therapy could be entitled to financial compensation. Click here to file a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will examine the details of your claim and help you determine your best course of legal action.