AndroGel is designed to treat Low T, short for low testosterone, in men. However, the prescription Androgel for testosterone has been linked to an increased risk of various cardiovascular problems. There are a lot of men who have filed lawsuits against both Abbott and AbbVie.
Did You Take Testosterone And Suffered Blood Clots Or Heart Issues- Androgel for testosterone has been used by many to treat Low T and AbbVie Inc. has marketed the product throughout the United States. It is marketed and prescribed as a testosterone replacement drug. It is mainly marketed to men who have not produced enough testosterone.The drug was approved by the FDA back in 2011, but for use by men who have been diagnosed with Low T. The company that developed the drug was Solvay Pharmaceuticals, which is based in Brussels. In 2010, the drug was purchased by Abbot Laboratories, and they ended up spending millions of dollars to market the drug, but within two years, doctors started to issue warnings about the side effects associated with the drug, especially for older men. Many men turned to the drug in order to try to get their youth back, gain some energy, as well as boost their sex drive.
One of the most concerning risks associated with testosterone products, including AndroGel, is an increase in issues such as strokes and heart attacks. As a result of men suffering strokes, heart attacks and blood clots, a number of lawsuits have been filed. The lawsuits claim that both Abbott and AbbVie failed to warn consumers about these risks.
JAMA once published a study about testosterone. The study stated that by 2011, one in 25 men who were in their 60s took testosterone products. Rampant advertising has been blamed by many doctors.
Since there is a massive market for testosterone gels, more and more men want to use them. Some doctors believe that nobody has proved that such products work. Some believe that people don’t know the full extent of the risks associated with using testosterone products on the market.
In 2012, AbbVie spent more than $70 million to market its drug. As a result, the AndroGel brought in more than $1 billion in sales. In the United States, Androgel for testosterone is considered to be the top selling testosterone product, and Abbot markets the gel overseas.
What is AndroGel and How it Works?
It is a synthetic mix and it is in gel form, and people apply the gel to their skin once per day. The testosterone absorbs right into your skin. As for how much the drug costs, it can go for around $500 per month, but there are a few insurance companies that cover AndroGel.
As of now, AndroGel is sold in two strengths, with one being one-percent and the other 1.62 percent. Patients can use single-dose packets or in a small bottle that features a pump. The gel dries quickly and it doesn’t smell when it has dried.
Those who use the one-percent gel will apply it to the shoulders, upper arms, as well as the sides of their abdomen. Patients who use the other gel don’t put it on their sides. Instead, they apply it to just their shoulders and upper arms.
Men who suffer with Low T will find that the drug increases the testosterone amount that goes through their body. Also, it is worth noting that men who use sunscreen or lotion will find that the amount of testosterone absorbs will increase. After men have used the gel, they will want to clean their hands, and until it is dried, the gel is flammable, which means it is a good idea to avoid fire, smoking and flames.
Black Box Warning On Secondary Exposure
There is a black-box warning on AndroGel packaging, and it warns about secondary exposure to kids, women and patients should only use the gel as directed because they want to avoid accidentally exposing others to the gel. Kids and women should avoid contact with the gel and they should avoid clothing of men who use it, if the clothes have not been washed. Patients should always wash the site they applied the drug before they make skin to skin contact with others.
If women and kids come in contact with the gel, then they may experience various side effects, such as the genitals becoming enlarged, as well as pubic hair that develops earlier than it should. Increased libido, increased erections and aggressive behavior are other symptoms that kids and women may experience after coming in contact with the gel. Women may experience acne and body hair, and if secondary exposure does occur and those symptoms start to appear, then it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Heart Attacks And Other Negative Side Effects
Heart attacks and strokes are some of the most dangerous side effects associated with taking AndroGel. There have been some studies that revealed men put themselves at an increased risk of stroke and heart attack when they use testosterone drugs. Some doctors believe that there should be a black-box warning on drugs similar to Androgel for testosterone, as well as AndroGel itself. Also, the FDA was petitioned by a nonprofit group to require cardiovascular risks to be placed on the products’ labels.
One doctor said that there are more than 20 studies that have been done on the safety of drugs designed to treat low testosterone. Some studies were funded by drug companies, and they showed no heart risk. However, some studies that were independently done revealed that there is a risk.
Other Side Effects
There are other side effects associated with AndroGel, and some of these effects include prostate cancer. Patients who receive androgen therapy are at an increased risk for developing prostate cancer. They are also at more of a risk of prostate enlargement.
Large red blood cells may form as a result of the gel. Patients who experience this side effect are at risk for blood clots and stroke. Edema is an effect that some people may experience too, and some men may even experience swelling and heart failure.
Men may develop enlarged breasts, while others may experience sleep apnea. Not only that, but high cholesterol is another negative side effect that AndroGel may cause. If this happens, then doctors may tell their patients to stop taking the product.
In early 2014, five men sued Abbot Laboratories, as well as AbbVie, Inc., the company’s spinoff. The men alleged that they were injured as a result of taking Androgel for testosterone. The men who sued ranged from age 50 to 63, and three of those men suffered heart attacks and two of them suffered strokes. The lawsuit was filed in a court in Illinois.
One of the men suing included Michael Gallagher, 54, from Virginia. After he was prescribed the gel, he suffered from congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction and other injuries. Before taking the drug, he had no history of cardiac problems, and he claims he started to take AndroGel after the company’s advertisements led him to attribute symptoms associated with low testosterone.
Complaints accuse Abbott and AbbVie of deceiving potential users by relaying positive information via the press and testimonials from former professional athletes. They are accused of suggesting a wide need for the drug. The company is also being accused of downplaying the serious health risks associated with their product.
In March 2014, a motion was sent to the multi-district litigation panel, and the motion was to consolidate the federal lawsuits in regards to testosterone, which includes lawsuits involving Androgel for testosterone. You may be entitled to compensation if you have taken AndroGel or other types of testosterone drugs and you have suffered a blood clot, heart attack or stroke.
If you think, you’re entitled to compensation, and then find a qualified attorney from us as soon as possible.