Men who took testosterone therapy and suffered side effects from the drugs administered may consider filing a Low T lawsuit.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a November 2013 article indicating that men who receive medication to boost decreased testosterone levels are at significantly greater risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The prescription of testosterone therapy drugs has skyrocketed in recent years, increasing five-fold in an 11-year period between 2000 and 2011. Approximately 39% of men 45 and older suffer from reduced testosterone levels, a condition also known as hypogonadism or Andropause. Testosterone therapy is prescribed for roughly 20% of patients and is designed to improve libido, sexual function, increase muscle mass and strength, as well as aid in a sense of overall wellbeing and vitality in aging men.
Testosterone therapy works by releasing hormones into the patient’s bloodstream and is administered either as a patch, gel or as an injection.
In addition to heart attack and stroke, testosterone therapy may result in urinary tract problems, irritation at the site of injection or application, enlarged male breasts, and, in some cases, sexual dysfunction. Other side effects can include symptoms like dizziness, and emotional issues like nervousness, anxiety and weepiness. In some cases, severe or even deadly side effects prompt a Low T lawsuit.
Patients with adverse reactions to testosterone therapy should consider the services of an experienced drug injury attorney to help them take on pharmaceutical companies. A lawyer can help to obtain financial compensation for the victim. Potential damages paid by the responsible parties can help the patient with staggering bills resulting from the treatment of medical conditions caused by testosterone therapy drugs. They can also compensate for lost income and the patient’s pain and suffering. In the event of death, the victim’s family may be awarded damages to compensate for lost income, loss of companionship, medical expenses and burial costs.
To launch a successful Low T lawsuit, the patient should provide the attorney with detailed information such as:
- Prescription information (name, quantity, dates and duration of use) for the drug in question
- Contact information for the prescribing physician
- Medical records and testosterone level test data
- Details of alleged side effects
- Name and contact information for treating physician or hospital
Once an attorney has a viable complaint, he or she will initially attempt to achieve a settlement for the client. If no agreement is reachable between plaintiff and defendant, a Low T lawsuit will be filed in court. The judge or jury will ultimately determine damages and the amount(s) thereof.