Testosterone Replacement Therapy

The Nature of Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Testosterone is a key hormone in both men and women, though men have higher levels of it than women do. All men experience a decline in testosterone in middle age, and in some that produces fatigue or loss of sexual desire. As a result some men seek testosterone-replacement therapy, in which a steady dose of additional testosterone is supplied. Pills, patches, topical gels, or injections are used to deliver the hormone, and millions of men have been treated with AndroGel, which is sold under the names Striant, Androderm, and Testim.

The Hazards of Testosterone Replacement Therapy: The side effects of testosterone-replacement therapy include blood clots, heart disease, and stroke. There may also be an increased risk of prostate cancer, though cardiac side effects have received more attention. An increased incidence of heart attack was found in a study of 56,000 men using testosterone replacement: men over 65, and men under 65 with a history of heart disease, were twice as likely to experience a heart attack as those not undergoing the treatment.

Because of testosterone-replacement therapy’s side effects, many men have sued manufacturers of the various forms of the therapy.

To Obtain Legal Relief: If you have experienced blood clots, stroke, or heart attack while undergoing testosterone-replacement therapy, you may have valuable legal rights. Attorney Stephen A. Katz is available at (800) 251-3529 for a free consultation, or for legal representation.