Testosterone is a natural hormone found in the human body. Some medical conditions and the natural aging process can decrease the amount of testosterone produced in mens bodies.
Low levels of testosterone therapy can cause depression, erectile dysfunction, and low levels of energy. Testosterone replacement therapy regimens, also known as TRT or low-t treatments, are used to increase the amount of testosterone in the body. However, recent studies have proven the drugs to pose a serious danger to patients.
Medical studies have linked testosterone therapy regimens to increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients. GWC Injury Lawyers personal injury lawyers are helping patients pursue their legal options.
Low-T Treatment Side Effects
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) medications pose a serious hidden danger to patients.
Whether a patient is using TRT in the form of a gel, patch, topical solution, oral medication or injection, the risk for increased cardiac-related incidents still exists.
Medical studies have evaluated tens of thousands of male patients and found that testosterone therapy drugs can increase the risk of:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Blood clots
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first announced the link between low-t treatments and cardiac risks in June 2014. The FDA has also cautioned doctors to prescribe low-t treatments only to patients who have reduced testosterone production caused by a medical condition. Testosterone therapy drugs are only approved for use in patients who have disorders that prevent the body from producing testosterone naturally.
Unfortunately, doctors have been prescribing the medications to men who were losing testosterone as a result of the aging process. The FDA has stated that the safety of using testosterone therapy drugs in men who do not have a medical condition have not been studied.
As recently as March 2015, the FDA issued safety updates requiring all manufacturers of low-t treatments to update the labels on their medications. They are now required to inform patients and members of the medical community about the increased risk of stroke or heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack or stroke include:
- Chest pain
- Trouble breathing
- Weakness in the body
- Slurred speech
Patients who experience any of the symptoms listed above should immediately seek medical assistance.
Testosterone Therapy Lawsuits
In the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, a massive multidistrict litigation proceeding is underway. The case, Testosterone Replacement Product Liability Litigation MDL No. 2545, has more than 1,300 individual lawsuits.
Lawyers have filed these lawsuits on behalf of men who have been prescribed testosterone medications that caused strokes, heart attacks and other complications. Popular brand name testosterone therapy drugs include, Androgel, Axiron, Androderm, Testim and Foresta and the defendants listed in the lawsuits include:
Some of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies are being sued by patients and families who have experienced serious health problems while taking testosterone therapy drugs. As more and more patients learn about their legal rights, the case count is expected to grow.
GWC: Your Trusted Testosterone Therapy Injury Lawyers
GWC Injury Lawyers attorneys continue to represent clients who need to file a testosterone lawsuit after experiencing a serious injury.
Our experienced trial lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that patients who are injured by dangerous medications have their day in court.
We have been in practice for more than 40 years and are prepared to assist you in building your case against negligent pharmaceutical corporations. Our firm has won more than $2 billion in awards, judgments and settlements on behalf of clients.