Omaha Testosterone Therapy Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered from adverse side effects associated with testosterone therapy, the dangerous drug lawyers at Inkelaar Law would like to speak with you. In 2011, doctors prescribed over 5.3 million prescriptions for testosterone therapy, which was over five times as many as in 2000, according to a November report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for conditions relating to an absence or deficiency of testosterone, testosterone therapy would later be investigated by the FDA for increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
Side Effects of Testosterone Therapy
In a 2014 study by PLOS One, it examined 56,000 men and found that those taking testosterone therapy doubled the risk of heart attacks among men over the age of 65, and nearly tripled the risk in younger men with a history of heart disease.
While patients undergoing testosterone therapy are at an increased risk of having a heart attack, these patients are also at an increased risk of having a stroke, either of which may result in death. There are several other side effects of testosterone therapy which include:
- Acne, skin irritation
- Blood clots in the legs
- Body swelling
- Enlarged and painful breasts
- Higher cholesterol levels
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased liver function tests
- Increased red blood cell count
- Increased risk of prostate cancer
- Increased size of prostate
- Longer lasting erections
- Lowered sperm count
- Sleep apnea
Testosterone Therapy Brand Names
If you or a loved one is taking the following testosterone therapy medications, and experiences any of the above side effects, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately. Some testosterone therapy brand names include:
- Low T
- Testosterone Therapy
- Fortesta Gel
Testosterone Exposure Reactions in Women and Children
When women and children become exposed to testosterone, they may experience a number of reactions. These reactions may be extremely dangerous and cause unfavorable side effects to both women and children. Some common reactions from testosterone to women and children include:
Reactions to Children: Aggressive behavior, early development of pubic hair, enlarged clitoris, enlarged penis, increased erections, and increased sex drive.
Reactions to Women: Changes in body hair and significant increase in acne.
Why Are Low Testosterone Advertisements Misleading?
In a 2013 CMI/Compass survey, it demonstrated that over half of physicians believe that pharmaceutical advertising should be decreased, while 63 percent say the marketing is misinforming to patients. While testosterone therapy is designed for treating specific disorders related to chemotherapy, and for those suffering from hormone deficiencies, doctors have begun prescribing patients with testosterone therapy as a “lifestyle treatment,” according to the New York Times.
The advertising for testosterone treatment is being blamed for the increase in testosterone prescriptions, along with the many talks regarding men’s drop in energy and sex drive. Advertisements are urging males to speak with their doctors regarding low testosterone, even though most doctors believe low testosterone is a fabricated condition.
In 2012, a report by Fierce Pharma indicated that almost $3.47 billion was being spent on direct to consumer advertising, while in 2013 alone prescription testosterone gels resulted in $2 billion in the United States, and is expected to increase by a two-fold by 2017.
Further reports by the Associated Press (AP) demonstrate that advertising is being focused on fatigue, low sex drive, and anti-aging benefits, while there have been no long-term or large scale studies to address testosterone treatment, while those in the medical community are avoiding using such products to avoid the normal aging process. Medical professionals also do not consider low testosterone to be a factor in disorders like erectile dysfunction.
Contact our Testosterone Therapy Lawyer Today
Most evidence points to the negative side effects of testosterone therapy, while advertisements and physicians continue to promote and prescribe such treatment. At Inkelaar Law, our attorneys are prepared to stand up to those negligent individuals and entities which have brought harm to innocent individuals through testosterone therapy.
With over 35 years of combined legal experience in personal injury and dangerous drug litigation, our attorneys serve the injured throughout Nebraska with offices in Lincoln and Omaha, also including:
- Broken Arrow
- Nebraska City
- West Point
- And more
If you or someone you love has fallen victim to testosterone therapy, and is in need of legal counsel, contact the experienced and dependable attorneys at Inkelaar Law today by calling 1-877-537-4665 or completing the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.