Within the past decade, testosterone therapy has become an increasingly popular option for many men due to the heavy marketing of products like AndroGel®, Axiron® and Androderm®. In fact, the University of California at Los Angeles reports that sales of AndroGel® surpassed those of Viagra® last year. Advertisements note that low testosterone, or “low T,” may account for low libido, thinning bones, loss of muscle mass and fatigue in men. In 2011, 5.3 million prescriptions were written for testosterone therapy medications, which is five times the number of prescriptions written in 2000.
The low testosterone advertisements run in the past several years may have been misleading by overstating the benefits of these drugs and neglecting to emphasize their potential consequences. Many doctors have since expressed concern that the “low T” treatment craze is largely fueled by marketing and not medical research.
Did you or someone you love take a medication to treat low testosterone? If so you could be eligible to file a claim. The benefits of these dangerous drugs may have been overstated in marketing campaigns while the risks were underplayed. At Lewis & Keller our team of lawyers believes that the rights of patients being treated for “low T” should be protected, which is why we always fight for the maximum amount of compensation our clients are eligible for.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the free case evaluation form located on the left side of this page. There is no obligation, it is always confidential and 100% free.
The Dangers of “Low T” Drugs
A study published recently by PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed journal issued by the Public Library of Science, examined over 55,000 men taking testosterone therapy. What the study found was that men ages 65 and older who were being treated for “low T” had double the risk of heart attack then men their age who were not medicated. This risk was nearly tripled in younger men with a history of heart issues.
The risk of cardiac arrest aside, testosterone therapy treatment side effects include:
- Breast enlargement
- Body swelling
- Cholesterol level increases
- Decreased testicle size
- Enlarged or painful breasts
- Enlarged prostate
- High blood pressure
- Increased liver function tests
- Increased red blood cell count
- Oily skin
- Skin irritation
- Sleep apnea
Because of the rapid expansion that took place in the testosterone therapy industry there are numerous drugs on the market. Some of the most commonly prescribed “low T” treatments include:
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Many of these treatments are in gel form. If children or women come into contact with the gel, they can experience different although equally dangerous health consequences. Those include:
- Body hair changes in women
- Enlarged penis or clitoris
- In boys, increased erections
- Increased sex drive
- Premature development of pubic hair
- Women may see a significant increase in acne
Early signs of puberty may be exhibited in both boys and girls if children come into contact with testosterone therapy medications. If your child was affected, you may wish to seek legal representation.
Legal Help for Testosterone Therapy Drug Injuries
If you or someone you love was prescribed a “low T” treatment and experienced a heart attack or other adverse side effects, you may wish to seek legal counsel to file a claim for your injuries, pain and suffering. The injury lawyers at Lewis & Keller understands the dangers of “low T” drugs and that victims impacted by these injuries may have additional medical expenses, lost wages, and experience emotional trauma due to their injuries.
Our North Carolina testosterone therapy injury lawyers are prepared to fight for the rights of our clients with confidence and compassion. To see how we can help you today, fill out the free case evaluation form at the bottom of this page, or call 866-299-1769 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.