Numerous studies have linked testosterone therapy with dangerous side effects, which include symptoms of mini stroke and blood clots. Men who have experienced these side effects have been filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products.
After having testosterone therapy, did you suffer from blood clots or heart problems?
Men, who have been diagnosed with Low T, or a testosterone deficiency, frequently are given a prescription for testosterone therapy. It has been approved by the FDA for treating the condition. However, drug companies in recent years have been increasingly marketing hormone therapy drugs such as AndroGel as a way for men to maintain their virility and youth or to increase their muscle mass. This has resulted in prescriptions for these medications to have increased five times since 2000.
Many medical professionals are worried by this trend. This includes Dr. Edmund Sabanegh, who is chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s urology department.
According to Dr. Sabanegh, low testosterone symptoms are similar to what many men feel as they grow older: perhaps a small drop in libido, a small erectile problem, a slight decrease in energy. He added that for older men these symptoms are normal.
There have been several studies recently that have confirmed a link between testosterone therapy and several serious side effects, including increased risk for potentially fatal symptoms of mini stroke and blood clots. The side effects have resulted in lawsuits being filed by some men against the manufacturers of these products for failure to adequately warn the public about the potential dangers.
The body produces blood clotting as one of its normal functions. It also helps to prevent excessive bleeding following an injury. The body usually dissolves these clots. Taking testosterone may increase the chances of blood clot development.
Clots sometimes form when there are blood cells clumped together inside arteries and veins without there being an injury. Those thick blood masses might lodge inside the arteries and veins, which can restrict blood flow. Whenever a clot forms inside one of the major veins, this is referred to as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). These DVTs may travel into the brain or lungs (pulmonary embolism), which can cause a stroke. Those kinds of blockages are extremely dangerous and at times are fatal.
A blood-related disorder called polycythemia is one of testosterone therapy’s common side effects. It causes an increased amount of bed blood cells, hemocrit and/or hemoglobin to be produced. This often leads to high blood pressure or thickening of blood. Thick blood tends to circulate more slowly, and it is more likely for slower-moving blood to form clots.
In addition, having a higher red blood cell concentration than normal may lead to clumping, which promotes the formation of clots. Testosterone also increases thromboxne production, which is a lipid that increases blood vessel constriction, which slows blood flow down even further.
The Clinical Thrombosis/Hemostasis Journal published a study in its August 2013 issue that showed that blood clots might develop in as short as one month after starting on hormone therapy drugs.
Dr. Charles Glueck, study author from the Cholesterol and Metabolism Center at Jewish Hospital, said that their research found that 1.2 percent of men who ended up in the hospital with potential lethal and dangerous blood clots inside the deep veins of their lungs or legs develop the clots within three months of beginning testosterone therapy.
Gleuck added that the risk can be worse when the individual has an inherited clotting disorder. Most people are not aware that they should get tested for these kinds of genetic mutations and hormone levels before they start on Low T therapy.
Symptoms Of Mini-Strokes And Strokes
Androgen replacement drugs may cause blood clots that can result in a stroke if blood flow is blocked to the brain. The American Stroke Association reports that in the U.S. stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and also a leading cause of long-term, serious disability for adults.
A stroke takes place whenever blood vessels that provide nutrients and oxygen to the brain are blocked due to rupture (hemorrhagic stroke) or by clots (ischemic stroke), which causes brain cells to die in the area that is affected. Depending on how much damage is done and the part of the brain that is affected, the stroke may cause anything from mild impairments in movement, memory, speech and vision, to long-term, major disabilities in those same areas.
Mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks (TIA), take place whenever a blood clot blocks a blood vessel temporarily before it dissolves on its own. Most of the attacks go on for less than five minutes. The average length is around one minute. In a majority of cases, no permanent damage is done to the brain. However, they are a critical warning of blood clots. . Almost one third of the individuals, who suffers from a mini-stroke end up having a stroke within 1 year.
A lawsuit filed by Edward Downes against AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories when he had a symptoms of mini stroke after taking AndroGel. Testosterone Therapy Lawsuits have been filed by other men for side effects that range from blood clots to heart attacks.
Downes states that he suffered confusion, dizziness and lots of pain. The 51-year old man is still trying to recover. He states he would have never taken testosterone therapy AndroGel if he had known about the risk of symptoms of mini stroke and blood clots. The lawsuits claim that men have been encouraged by testosterone drug manufacturers to take these drugs and have failed to warn them properly of the risks.