Atlanta Testosterone Therapy Injuries Attorney
Low Testosterone Injury
Pharmaceutical companies are spending millions of dollars marketing testosterone therapies to men who exhibit symptoms of low testosterone or "Low-T." Individuals suffering from Low-T may feel fatigued and they may experience decreased sexual drive, memory loss and even erectile dysfunction. The marketplace has been flooded recently with a variety of products including gels, patches, pills and injections that claim to help men suffering from Low-T. These drugs are potentially very dangerous and have been linked to serious, life-threatening side effects that include heart attacks and strokes.
The experienced Atlanta drug injury lawyers at Grant Law Office can help you seek compensation for injuries suffered due to adverse effects of testosterone supplements. If you or someone you love has suffered a pulmonary embolism, heart attack or stroke as a result of being treated with testosterone products, please contact our knowledgeable legal team to help you pursue your legal rights.
What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the testicles and is responsible for maintaining the level of red blood cells in a man's body as well as muscle bulk, bone growth and sexual function. Low testosterone levels could be caused by a medical condition known as hypogonadism where the body does not produce enough testosterone. Also, testosterone levels tend to go down naturally with age. Testosterone replacement therapy is marketed as a way to improve the signs and symptoms of Low-T. Doctors may prescribe this therapy in the form of injections, pellets, patches or gels.
Side Effects of Testosterone Therapy
Recent research has conclusively shown that testosterone therapy can significantly increase the risk stroke, heart attack and even death. A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the journal PLOS ONE found that men aged 65 and up who take Low-T hormone pills can more than double their risk of a heart attack. Men who are under 65 years of age nearly triple their risk of heart disease. A 2013 study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that men 60 and older who have been undergone testosterone replacement treatments have a 30 percent increased risk for heart attack, stroke and death.
When Testosterone Therapy is Needed
Signs of Low-T include hot flashes, diminished muscle strength, a significant decline in libido and reduced levels of HDL cholesterol. Many men in recent years have been prescribed testosterone therapy despite not having many of these symptoms. According to the New York Times, about 25 percent of the time, doctors do not perform blood tests to check hormonal levels before writing a prescription for testosterone supplements. This means that many men who only need erectile dysfunction pills are being prescribed testosterone pills that unnecessarily put them at risk.
Are You At Risk?
There are many drugs in the marketplace that treat low testosterone. Some of the most popular Low-T drugs include AndroGel, Androderm, Axiron, Bio-T Gel, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Foresta, Striant, Testim and Testopel. If you are taking any of these drugs, you should discuss with your doctor if you are now at risk of suffering a heart attack. Individuals who are particularly in danger of suffering from heart issues are those who have a history of artery blockage, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and plaque buildup. It is important that anyone with Low-T who is considering undergoing testosterone therapy, discuss his medical history with a doctor in order to make an informed decision.
Filing a Low-T Therapy Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke or heart attack after undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, it may be in your best interest to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. You may be able to receive financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Grant Law Office are investigating potential claims for men who have suffered a heart attack, stroke, liver damage, blood clot or other harmful side effects after use of Low-T drugs. These are problems that could have been avoided had the manufacturers properly disclosed the risks involved to consumers and the medical community. Please contact us at (404) 995-3955 or (866) 249-5513 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.