A recent study of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) including gel treatments has concluded that men who follow this protocol can face a high risk of suffering heart attacks. Researchers from several different entities found that this risk is faced by men who are both older and younger than the age of 65. The results of this study could lead to a strong reaction. That’s because some estimates indicate that sales of leading testosterone gels such as AndroGel have exceeded the revenue of Viagra during the previous year.
A link to the study can be found here. Researchers from UCLA, the National Institutes of Health and Consolidated Research Inc. collaborated on the study. The team analyzed the health records of more than 55,000 men who had been prescribed testosterone therapy. 48,000 of these men were under the age of 65 and 7,000 of them were older. The researchers found that men under the age of 65 faced a twofold increase in their risk of suffering a heart attack if they underwent testosterone therapy. Previously, studies have found that men over the age of 65 faced the same twofold risk. This study concludes that age makes no difference.
What Is Testosterone Therapy?
Many men in the United States suffer from what is commonly known as ‘low-T’, which means low levels of testosterone. The thinking behind this prescription-based therapy is that using these supplements, including AndroGel, helps men replace lost testosterone. Increasing testosterone in the body can help men in the following ways:
• Increased energy
• Increased sexual drive
• Increased muscle mass
• Increased mental focus
There are different forms of testosterone therapy, but gels are extremely common and are prescribed by doctors around the United States. Estimates indicate that nearly 3 percent of American men over the age of 40 have been prescribed testosterone replacement therapy.
What Is AndroGel?
AndroGel is one of the most popular forms of testosterone that is available in the United States via prescription. It is manufactured by AbbVie Inc. and its sales have exceeded $1 billion per year for at least the previous three calendar years. Unfortunately, men have experienced what are known as cardiac events after starting to use AndroGel and other testosterone products. These cardiac events most often relate to heart attacks but can involve other serious health problems.
What Does This Mean For You?
If you or someone you love has used AndroGel or some other testosterone replacement therapy product and you have experienced testosterone side effects, you need to obtain some answers. You will need to understand what is in front of you medically and you will need to understand the nature of your legal rights and options. If you find yourself in this position, seek the advice of AndroGel side effects lawyers who have a long history of holding corporations that inflict harm on unsuspecting consumers accountable. Contact Parilman & Associates at 800-800-Drug today for a free case review.