In recent years, thousands of men have received hormone replacement therapy for Low-T syndrome, but lawsuit preparations around the country are revealing just how dangerous this kind of treatment can be. Doctors do agree that this treatment can offer some benefits to men who suffer from hypogonadism, but many medical professionals fear that aggressive and exaggerated marketing have convinced healthy men to opt for it. This is especially concerning because the therapy can have deadly side effects that are only beginning to be understood.
What are the risks associated with testosterone supplement therapy?
The hormone is usually delivered orally or through patches attached to the skin. The idea is to give small amounts of the hormone over time, subtly raising the concentration of testosterone in the body. In men with depressed levels of testosterone, the treatment can help improve mood and sexual drive. However, many men, including younger men with no signs of hypogonadism, are taking hormone supplements thinking it will improve sexual and athletic performance. Pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of this with vague advertising and encouraging doctors to prescribe the supplements even when a patient is not suffering from Low-T syndrome. A lawsuit may be filed against a doctor who takes this kind of dangerous approach with the patient.
This is a problem, because several studies have discovered serious cardiovascular complications associated with long-term hormone replacement therapy. The first study to garner attention outside of the medical community was produced in 2010 by the Boston College of Medicine and published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was one of the first to observe the effects of testosterone supplements on men, and followed 200 men separated into two groups, a control group and a group of men who were administered the therapy. Although it operated using a small sample, the study determined that men receiving the therapy were at a much higher risk of experiencing severe cardiac events, like stroke, heart attack or congestive heart disease. The risk was so much higher, in fact, that researchers abandoned the study due to safety concerns.
In 2013, these results were confirmed in a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study observed about 9,000 men who had recently received an angiography. Of these 9,000 men, around 1,200 were currently undergoing testosterone replacement therapy. Researchers checked in with the men regularly, and after several years of observation, the researchers found that the group of men receiving testosterone were six percent more likely to suffer major heart problems. The study concluded that testosterone replacement needs to be monitored for safety, and that doctors must examine their patients thoroughly prior to treatment to verify that they are indeed suffering from depressed hormone levels.
What should a patient do if their testosterone supplement causes heart problems?
Many men who have been harmed by their Low-T treatment have begun lawsuit preparations around the country, and more than 200 claims have already been filed against several supplement manufacturers. These claims cite the medical risks associated with the treatment and disingenuous marketing produced by pharmaceutical companies. Experts expect these claims to be settled, and the defendants to potentially pay out millions in damages.