Texas Low T Lawyer – Texas Testosterone Lawsuit – Androgel Blood Clot Settlements
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Low Testosterone Therapy
When men have low testosterone, it can affect their energy levels, motivation, and decrease their sex drive. Testosterone helps maintain bone density, fat distribution, facial and body hair, and muscle strength and mass. It even plays a role in red blood cell production.
As men age, testosterone levels naturally decrease. Generally, the decrease is about one percent per year after age 30, but it will vary by individual. A condition known as hypogonadism also results in low testosterone because the body is unable to produce testosterone at normal levels. This is due to problems with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles or the testicles themselves. Approximately 3 to 7 percent of men have hypogonadism.
Low Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone is directly inserted into the body, which supplants the body’s natural production of the hormone. It is marketed and sold in a variety of formats.
- Injections. Testosterone can be injected directly into a muscle every few weeks, either by a doctor or other medical professional or through a self-injection process.
- Gels. These products are simply applied directly to the skin on a daily basis.
- Patches. Some patches are applied to the skin for a few hours each day. Other patches, including Striant, a buccal system, are placed in the mouth for up to 12 hours. The patch adheres to the gums or inner cheek.
- Pellets. A newer form of treatment releases testosterone over time. Pellets are inserted under the skin, usually of the buttocks, and can remain in place for three or four months.
These treatments are only available for men or women who have been tested and shown to have low testosterone levels.
Risks Associated with Low Testosterone Therapy
Although low testosterone therapy can be very helpful for some, it does come with certain risks. Some of the risks are outlined below.
- Increased risk of blood clots
- Increased risk for stroke
- Sleep apnea
- Acne or other skin reactions
- Breast enlargement
- Stimulate noncancerous growth of the prostate
- Growth of existing prostate cancer
- Limit sperm production
- Cardiac arrest
- Cause testicular shrinkage
- Heart-related issues
In March 2015, the FDA distributed a safety warning regarding testosterone drugs. It stated that testosterone therapy drugs might increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even death. This risk may be even higher in older men, particularly the potential for congestive heart failure.
There have been over 1,000 lawsuits filed on behalf of men who have had cardiovascular problems after taking low testosterone therapy. Lawsuits are against manufacturers such as Abbott, Auxillium Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie, Pfizer, and Pharmacia & Upjohn. Thousands of lawsuits are expected for those who have taken testosterone therapies or those who have lost loved ones because of the therapies.