Treatment for low testosterone may lead to cardiac problems

When men in Philadelphia have trouble concentrating and experience unusual fatigue, a visit to their doctor’s office might be warranted. A possible cause for these symptoms is a low level of testosterone, a condition that is not a normal part of aging. Men who suffer from low testosterone may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy.

Doctors have administered testosterone injections for those with low testosterone since the 1950’s. In recent years, gels and topical treatments have come into popularity for treating low testosterone. These products have come under close scrutiny by the FDA recently after research indicates a link between their use and the occurrence of heart attacks.

The manufacturer of AndroGel has been sued by a number of patients who say they were prescribed it even when they did not have low testosterone. They allege that they suffered heart attacks or strokes while on the testosterone replacement.

There are those in the medical profession that consider gels and topical treatments to potentially be dangerous drugs to treat low testosterone. Because each person has different absorption rates and the treatment relies on the person to apply it himself, the treatment can be inconsistent and result in abnormally high levels of testosterone. These high levels can lead to cardiac problems, particularly for those who have a history of cardiovascular disease.

If you have been prescribed AndroGel or another gel or topical treatment for low testosterone and have experienced adverse side effects with its use, you may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney regarding your right to compensation.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, “Low T Center Comments On The Pending AndroGel Lawsuits Regarding The Safety Of Testosterone Replacement,” Feb. 13, 2014

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