Testosterone Lawsuits – Heart Attack & Stroke Injuries
The testosterone lawsuits currently being filed claim the products are linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. There have been two jury trials regarding the use of testosterone supplements and cardiovascular issues. Our law firm tried both of these cases. The first trial resulted in a $150 million verdict, and the second trial resulted in a $140 million verdict. The Dugan Law Firm is accepting clients who suffered injuries as a result of testosterone supplements.
Testosterone replacement treatments (TRTs) are designed to boost levels of the male hormone in men with hypogonadism, a condition also known as “Low-T” in which men produce too little testosterone due to injury or disease. This has raised concerns in the medical community as testosterone therapy has been linked to a 30 percent increased risk of heart attacks, strokes or death after three years of use. Another study found that men had a significant increased risk of heart attack or stroke in the first three months of starting testosterone treatment. In recent years, the use of testosterone therapy drugs for the treatment of “Low T” has gained popularity, with more than 5 million testosterone prescriptions written in the United States in 2011. Testosterone therapy is typically administered as a gel, patch, or injection, and has been marketed and prescribed to improve sex drive, muscle mass, and bone density in those suffering from low testosterone.
Recent studies, however, have shown an increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attacks) and ischemic stroke associated with the use of testosterone therapy products. The risk of heart attack and stroke for a user of testosterone products nearly doubles when compared to those who don’t use testosterone. Given the enormous (and growing) sales of prescription testosterone products, this could mean a large number of heart attacks have occurred in the general population that otherwise would not have occurred.
Low testosterone is attributed to a normal part of aging for men. Unlike women, who experience a relatively sudden shutdown in the production of estrogen around age 50 (menopause), the decrease of testosterone in males is gradual, starting around age 30. By age 45, approximately 40% of all men are effected.
Testosterone Side Effects
Two recent studies, a study published in the medical journal PLOS One as well as a study published online in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), have linked testosterone products to increased risks of cardiovascular events in men.
The research from the study published in the journal PLOS One concluded that men 65 years of age and older who used prescription testosterone products had double the risk of heart attack within the first three months of using testosterone products.
The JAMA study also found that senior males who used testosterone products were 30 percent more likely to suffer from heart attack, stroke, and death when compared to senior males who did not use testosterone products.
Other Serious Side Effects Include:
- Worsening symptoms of an enlarged prostate
- Increased risk of prostate cancer
- Lower sperm count
- Swelling of the ankles, feet, or body
- Enlarged and painful breasts
- Difficulty breathing during sleep
- Increased risk of blood clots occurring in the legs