Testosterone gel is one of many options prescribed by doctors for low testosterone, but is it any safer than the alternatives? Anyone who has used testosterone gel for the treatment of low testosterone and experienced severe complications should file a free case review to begin their road to financial compensation for their pain and suffering.
What is Low Testosterone?
As part of the natural aging process, the body begins to produce decreasing amounts of testosterone. In men who are diagnosed with low testosterone, a problem with the testicles, pituitary gland or hypothalamus is likely causing the decreased levels of natural testosterone.
To combat this, doctors prescribe testosterone therapy in the form of hormones created by scientists in a laboratory. Bioidentical hormones are designed to match the body’s natural testosterone as closely as possible, while synthetic hormones are not, and can lead to a higher risk of adverse side effects.
What are the Risks of Testosterone Gel?
As is the case with many medications or treatments, there are several problems that a patient might meet when taking testosterone therapy.
- 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.
- Unknown Effect on Blood Pressure – Researchers are still unclear on its effects on blood pressure. After some studies, many experts are still 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.
- 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.
Should I Take Legal Action?
Thousands of men have already suffered severe complications after using testosterone gel for the treatment of low testosterone. If you or someone you know has suffered from adverse side effects after being prescribed testosterone replacement therapy, click here to file a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will study the details of your specific case and help you determine your best course of legal action.