Testosterone is a hormone which helps regulate heart function and plays a part in sperm production, bone health, energy levels, concentration and muscle mass, Fox News reports. The problem is, most men experience a natural decline in testosterone as they age starting at 30, and testosterone supplementation is commonly prescribed to them. The benefits and risks of the long-term use of testosterone therapies, such as AndroGel, Androderm, Testim, Fortesta, Axiron, Cypionate and Depotestosterone, however, are not well known.
In a new study, the University of Texas looked at 9,000 male veterans who had undergone coronary angiography between 2005 and 2011. The study found that men who take injections of testosterone or use gel containing the hormone had a 30 percent increased risk of heart attack, stroke or dying, compared with men who didn't use the hormone.
It is not hard to see why medical professionals would also be divided when it comes to testosterone treatment. Some side effects include acne, enlarged breasts, prostate problems, testicle shrinkage and limited sperm production. Similarly, once you start on it, you suppress your own production of testosterone and injections become a lifetime commitment. Men with prostate cancer should not receive testosterone as it could speed up cancer growth. Testosterone is not thought to cause prostate cancer, but may speed up the severity of the disease. As is the case with most hormones, testosterone treatment program should be frequently monitored through lab tests, paying attention to potential side effects.
The product liability attorneys at Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C. are working alongside the Lyon firm to investigate and proceed with lawsuits against the makers of AndroGel, Androderm, Axiron, Fortesta, Testim, Cypionate and Depotestosterone for the injuries caused by their dangerous testosterone therapies. If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or blood clot after using a testosterone therapy, please call our office at (888) 606-5927 for a free consultation.