Like many other types of testosterone replacement therapies, AndroGel can cause a stroke by two different mechanisms: increasing hematocrit and/or estradiol.
AndroGel can increase a man's hematocrit. This means that there is an increase in the volume of red blood cells in a person's blood. This happens because AndroGel increases both the number and size of red blood cells. As a result, the blood is thicker and "stickier" making the blood more prone to clotting. At a certain point, a blood clot can develop in the brain causing a stroke.
AndroGel can also increase a man's estradiol. Estradiol is the male equivalent of estrogen. Elevated estradiol levels are hard on the heart and have been linked to severe cardiovascular problems, including strokes.
If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke while taking AndroGel or another testosterone replacement therapy, please call our experienced AndroGel attorneys at (888) 606-5297 for a free consultation about your potential AndroGel lawsuit.