5 Signs You Should Stop Testosterone Therapy
With an increasing number of patients being treated for low T and its symptoms, many want to know when to stop testosterone therapy. If you or someone you know has suffered serious complications after being prescribed testosterone therapy, you should file a free case review to help determine whether you may be entitled to financial compensation.
What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone therapy is most commonly used to treat a condition called hypogonadism, a condition in which a problem with the testicles or pituitary gland decreases the amount of testosterone produced by the body.
Testosterone therapy aims to supplement the body’s natural testosterone with either bioidentical hormones, which are created in a lab and designed to match the chemical makeup of the body’s natural testosterone as closely as possible, or synthetic hormones, which are not designed to match the chemical makeup of natural testosterone.
When to Stop Testosterone Therapy
As with many medical treatments, testosterone therapy comes with an assortment of risks and side effects. Here are five signs that you should stop testosterone therapy.
1. Prostate Problems – If you are undergoing testosterone therapy and are diagnosed with prostate cancer or benign prostate disease, you should stop taking it. While testosterone therapy has not been proven to cause prostate cancer, it can help it grow.
2. Sleep Apnea – Testosterone therapy can worsen sleep apnea, or pauses in your breathing while you sleep. If you undergo a sleep study and are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you should stop testosterone therapy at least until your sleep apnea has been fully treated.
3. You Want to Have Children – Testosterone therapy has been shown to lower your sperm count, which obviously makes conceiving a child much more difficult. Supplementary testosterone causes the brain to halt natural testosterone production in the testicles, which may also lead to their shrinking.
4. If Your Blood is Thickening – One of the side effects associated with testosterone therapy is polycythemia, or an increase in red blood cells. Red blood cells account for much of your blood’s viscosity, which means more red blood cells equals thicker blood, which can lead to several medical issues. Symptoms include bruising easily, blood clots, bone and joint pain, headache, itching, and fatigue.
5. If You Experience These Side Effects – Breast enlargement, blood clots, and increased aggression or mood swings are common side effects related to testosterone therapy. Also, any early signs of stroke or heart attack could also be related to supplemental testosterone.
What Are My Legal Options?
Anyone who has suffered from adverse complications after taking testosterone therapy could be entitled to financial compensation. Click here to file a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will overlook the details of your claim and help you determine your best course of legal action.