When prescribing testosterone replacement therapy medications, doctors are given guidelines regarding who is a good candidate for treatment, and who is not. Many doctors have prescribed these medications, in the form of pills, injections, creams, or gels, to their patients as a cure-all for aging. The intended purpose of the medications, however, is to treat an actual disorder, called hypogonadism – a disorder that not many actually suffer from. In fact, a significant number of the men taking these medications do not, and some haven’t even been tested.
Significant Risks Involved with Testosterone Replacement Therapy
The FDA is investigating, and warning against, this off-label use. This attention from the FDA comes after studies have linked this medications with a 30 percent increased risk of suffering from a heart attack, blood clots, strokes, and related death after using these medications for three or more years. Similar studies have linked the use of testosterone replacement with an increased risk within the first 90 days of treatment.
What is Low T?
“Low T” is the dubious medical condition that has been placed on aging men, as their testosterone levels naturally decrease. This natural decrease in testosterone is hypothesized to be a defence mechanism for protecting the heart, which is a theory borne out by these studies.
Men with “Low T” are being specifically targeted by the companies that make these medications, and as a result, the percentage of over-40 men using them has tripled between the years 2001 and 2011. Symptoms of what has been coined “Low T” include:
- Decreased strength, muscle mass, and bone density
- Hair loss, notably the loss of body hair
- Erectile dysfunction and decreased libido
- Weight gain
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Lawyers Helping Your Fight Back
Having symptoms of lowering testosterone is not reason enough to be prescribing a medication that poses such a significant risk to patients. If you or a family member have suffered a cardiovascular event after or during treatment with one of these medications, contact a testosterone replacement therapy lawyer. Your Boston medical malpractice lawyer will investigate to help you determine whether you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, ongoing care, and stress.
Low T Lawyers Will Work for You
If your doctor has prescribed a testosterone replacement drug, such as AndroGel or Testim without reasonable medical cause, contact your Boston medical malpractice lawyer. One of our medical malpractice attorneys will be glad to help you investigate your case.
Together with a team of medical experts, a Low T lawyer will examine your case, and determine whether or not medical malpractice may be a factor in your case. If there is reason to believe that you were prescribed one of these medications without medical cause, we’ll take your case to court.
Contacting a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or a loved one has been placed unnecessarily in harm’s way with testosterone replacement therapy medications, call us today. One of our Boston medical malpractice lawyers will be happy to help you get the compensation you deserve.