In the wake of studies finding that testosterone replacement therapy increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and death by 29%, doctors are discussing whether testosterone therapy is actually putting men at risk. Around the age of 30, testosterone levels begin to decline. Drug companies began promoting synthetic testosterone replcament therapy using creams, gels, patches or implants as a solution to fix the symptoms associated with naturally declining testosterone levels.
According to the FDA prescription rates for testosterone have increased more than five-fold between 2000 and 2011, with an estimated 5.3 million testosterone prescriptions written in 2011. This increase in prescriptions has been driven by the pharmaceutical manufacturers of testosterone. These drug companies have aggressively and successfully marketed their testosterone replacement drugs directly to consumers. Surprisinly a recent study found that almost 25% of men who are prescribed testosterone did not have their testosterone levels tested before they were prescribed testosterone.
If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack or stroke after taking a testosterone replacment therapy, like AndroGel, Androderm, or Axiron, please call our office at (888) 606-5297 for a free consultation.