Studies have linked AndroGel and similar testosterone products to an increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes,up to two and three fold for men of different demographics. Newer studies have helped us understand more fully the testosterone heart attack risk. Manufacturers of AndroGel and other testosterone treatment drugs are being attacked for making unfounded claims as to the product’s efficiency while glossing over the serious side effects that are involved with this type of medication.
Filing for an Androgel Lawsuit or a Testosterone Lawsuit is the best course of action for people who have suffered from these type of drugs. Corporations have to be held accountable for their actions, especially when the risks involved are as serious as they are in low testosterone therapy drugs.
The Connection Between Testosterone and Heart Attacks
The risk of heart attack has been explained by the fact that testosterone supplementation increases the production and number of red blood cells. Red blood cells can clump together leading to coagulation and this can lead to a thickening of the blood. Testosterone heart attacks are thought to originate from this thickening of the blood.
Hormone replacement therapies have had a long history of causing health complications, both for men and women. In the past, estrogen therapy was seen as an efficient treatment for a wide range of symptoms related to menopause in women. This led to a flurry of prescriptions that soon enough had their effect felt – hormone replacement in women was increasing the risk of heart attack, strokes and even breast cancer. Today, estrogen therapy is used only in extreme cases. Experts are predicting that the number of prescriptions for testosterone treatments will go down once the risk of testosterone treatments becomes widely spread.
AndroGel Heart Attack Risk
Hypogonadism is a condition in men where a man’s testes produces little to no testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a hormone replacement method that is used in men who suffer from hypogonadism. Testosterone decline in men is a natural process as a man ages. It is estimated that, on average, a 1% loss of testosterone is seen on an annual basis in men over the age of 30. This is a normal part of the aging process in men, also called andropause.
However hypogonadism is more than a normal decrease in testosterone. This is an endocrine disorder whose symptoms are lack of muscle, lack of body hair, low libido and other medical complications. Hypogonadism can be caused by a number of factors, either genetic or induced, like it is in the case where chemotherapy was undertaken or if the hypothalamus and pituitary sections of the brain start to malfunction. AndroGel and related hormone drugs areonly prescribed when hypogonadism has been diagnosed by using a specialized blood test.
Testosterone Heart Attack Lawsuits
A number of lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of testosterone drugs seeking compensation for economic and emotional loses, health deterioration and medical expenses. In February of 2014, five men sued the makers of Androgel claiming injuries due to the drug. The lawsuit also alleges:
- That manufacturers misrepresented the drug as a safe and effective treatment for low testosterone despite it causing serious side effects such as strokes, heart attacks and blood clotting.
- That manufacturers employed “an aggressive award-winning direct-to-consumer and physician marketing and advertising campaign” in order to influence men in discussing testosterone therapy with medical experts.
- Manufacturers engaged in “disease mongering” to increase sales instead of educating about Androgel’s risks and side effects.
After the publishing of the medical studies, many attorneys are now considering filing lawsuits on behalf of men who used low testosterone therapies. They are alleging that patients were not properly warned and educated on the drugs’ risks and as a result, people may be able to sue drug manufacturers seeking compensation for damages resulting from their injuries.
While some are patients are calling for class action lawsuits, each individual claim will remain an individual lawsuit (case). Since each plaintiff’s injury from testosterone drugs will have different types of consequences, the litigation cannot proceed through one class representative.
People who have suffered from injuries such as heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and/or wrongful death pertaining to testosterone replacement therapy may be able to file a lawsuit. Taking legal action against manufacturers of testosterone drugs is not only a way to receive compensation for damages and medical expenses but it’s also a way to keep manufacturers accountable for releasing dangerous products and engaging in aggressive and deceptive marketing practices.
If you have or are currently undertaking testosterone therapy discuss the research findings with your doctor. If you have suffered any of the aforementioned side effects, contact us by filling the form on the right or call us at 360-515-2229. We will discuss your case at no cost and no further obligation to you.