FDA investigates testosterone supplements for risk of death from heart attack or stroke

by Eric Pearson

Men who have suffered a heart attack or stroke and who also took testosterone supplements are starting to ask some very important questions. So is the FDA.

Earlier this year, the FDA announced that it was investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. According to the FDA, it decided to reassess this safety issue based on the recent publication of two separate studies that each suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events among groups of men prescribed testosterone therapy

Testosterone therapy has been widely advertised as a way to help aging men improve low sex drive and reclaim diminished energy. The marketing has been so successful that, according to the independent medicine website Drugs.com, sales of the testosterone gel Androgel in 2013 exceeded sales of Viagra.

Testosterone supplements have been sold under the brand names Androgel, Axiron, Androderm, Fortesta, Striant and Testim, among others. Testosterone is a hormone essential to the development of male growth and masculine characteristics. Testosterone products are FDA-approved only for use in men who lack or have low testosterone levels in conjunction with an associated medical condition.

At this time, FDA has not concluded that FDA-approved testosterone treatment increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death. According to the FDA, health care professionals should consider whether the benefits of FDA-approved testosterone treatment are likely to exceed the potential risks of treatment. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

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If you or a loved one took a testosterone supplement and suffered a heart attack or stroke, you have a right to have your questions answered. For a free legal consultation about your case and to speak with a lawyer about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson so that we can help you determine the best way to protect your legal rights and interests. You can reach us by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form.

by Eric Pearson

Eric Pearson is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P who handles commercial and personal injury lawsuits. Eric has been selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication.