Low testosterone, colloquially called low-T, is a medical condition that affects 20 to 40 percent of older men, according to various studies, including the HIM study and Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging. Low testosterone is often characterized by a change in mood and energy levels, as well as reduced sex drive. In order to correct the uncomfortable — and often embarrassing — symptoms, many men across the United States have received prescriptions for low-T drugs.
While these drugs can offer testosterone replacement for those lacking the hormone, it is not without dangerous risks. Those who suffer serious complications can speak with low-T drug lawyers about the options available to recover damages.
Types of Low-T Drugs
Low-T drugs work by increasing levels of testosterone in a person who uses the drug. They are only available in prescription form. Low-T drugs come in a variety of brands and application styles, ranging from injections to oral pills to gels and creams. Some common names of prescription low-T drugs are listed below.
- Andro Gel
- Bio T-Gel.
- and, Delatestryl.
Makers of low-T drugs are reeling in profits quickly. In fact, in an article published by Kaiser Health News in conjunction with NPR, the chief medical center at Low T Center — one of many low-T clinics around the country — stated that the center expects to double its number of sites in 2015 to serve as many as 70,000 patients.
The Possible Dangers of Low-T Drugs
One of the most pressing dangers associated with the use of low-T drugs are the increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death that some studies have found. In one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that there was a 6 percent increase in estimated absolute risk of stroke, myocardial infarction and death among men in the VA Health System who used low-T drugs, compared to those who did not. A study in PLOS One found a two-fold increase in risk of heart attack in men older than 65 during the 90 days after being prescribed low-T drugs, compared to the previous year.
Additionally, certain low-T drugs have been associated with a variety of other uncomfortable and dangerous side effects. For example, the use of certain low-T drugs may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer, lower sperm count, swelling in the body with or without heart failure, sleep apnea, and blood clots in the legs or lungs. What’s more, women and children exposed to low-T drugs have experienced side effects, including unexpected hair growth.
Speak with our Lawyers if Harmed
If you think you suffer from low testosterone, you should talk with your doctor about your condition and whether or not low testosterone is the cause of your current side effects, like depression or erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, you should be mindful of known risks.
If you were prescribed a low testosterone drug and have suffered dangerous side effects — like a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism — as a result, seek the assistance of drug attorneys. At Gacovino, Lake, & Associates P.C., our attorneys know how to handle dangerous drug claims and can help recover compensation that you deserve for your health problems.
If you’re the victim of a low-T drug, don’t hesitate to take action. The manufacturer of the low-T drug you took, the doctor who prescribed you the drug or other parties may be held liable for damages, depending on the case details. To get started filing your claim now, call the low-T drug lawyers at Gacovino & Lake at 800-550-0000 or contact us online.