Alarming recent studies have linked TRT to a 30% increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a naturally occurring androgen (male hormone).
Does everyone have it?
Yes, both men and women have some level of testosterone. When the level is too low or too high, problems can result.
What causes low testosterone levels in men?
Primary hypogonadism (insufficient testosterone levels) is caused by underactive testes. This can be an inherited condition or result from accident or illness. Chemotherapy and radiation can damage testicles. A decrease in testosterone level is also a natural function of aging, however.
What are the symptoms of low-T?
Low levels of testosterone can manifest in one or more of the following symptoms:
- Lack of libido (low interest in sex)
- Muscle weakness
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Weight gain around the waist
- Reduction in bone density
How is low-T treated?
For teenaged males who are not developing normally, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can be a necessary treatment. For men who are experiencing the normal and expected effects of aging, the risks of TRT must be carefully weighed.
What are the risks of TRT?
Testosterone replacement drugs can cause a wide range of side effects:
- Enlarged prostate
- Blood blots
- High cholesterol
- Blocked arteries
- Sleep apnea
- Liver disease.
What are some of the low-T drugs?
Testosterone replacement can be administered through pills, injections, gels and patches. Some of the brand names are:
- Andro LA 200
- Depandro 100
- Testosterone Cypionate
- Testosterone Enanthate
What pharmaceutical companies produce low-T drugs?
Testosterone replacement drugs are big money-makers for Big Pharma, earning them $1.9 billion in 2011. The pharmaceutical companies involved in this market are:
- Abbott Laboratories
- Eli Lilly
What is the recourse for a man harmed by a TRT drug?
First, see your doctor before discontinuing testosterone treatment, as this must be done under medical supervision. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury such as a heart attack or stroke after taking low-T drugs, the pharmaceutical company can be held accountable in a court of law.
Pogust Millrood is investigating injuries linked to TRT medicines. Call us at 1-888-348-6787 to schedule a free consultation about how we can help you receive compensation for the harm you were caused by using a low-T gel, cream, patch, injection or pill.