Sales of testosterone gels and tablets have soared in recent years, primarily due to companies that market testosterone supplements as a lifestyle drug that can build muscle mass, increase vitality and overcome the effects of aging. Few of these ads mention that testosterone supplements can be dangerous and may not offer any health benefit, especially in men who have normal levels of testosterone.
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke, embolism or thrombosis after taking a testosterone supplement, you can turn to the lawyers at The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC for help. We advocate for people who have been injured by dangerous drugs. Examples of trade names of testosterone supplements include Androgel, Axiron, First-Testosterone, First-Testosterone MC, Fortesta and Testim.
Overhyping Testosterone Supplements
Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in men. It helps maintain sex drive, muscle mass and strength, and other health functions. A small percentage of men suffer from hypogonadism, which is an inability to produce normal amounts of testosterone. Men also tend to produce lower amounts of testosterone as they age. However, a blood test is the only way to determine if a patient has a low level of testosterone.
Taking testosterone supplements can help reverse the effects of hypogonadism. However, whether these supplements provide any benefit for older men who are otherwise healthy is not clear. For example, in one study, taking testosterone supplements increased muscle mass but did not increase strength.
Companies that market testosterone supplements rarely mention side effects such as blood thickening, which can put you at greater risk for heart attack or stroke, especially in the first few months of taking the drug. Therefore, no one should take testosterone supplements without talking to their doctor about the risks and benefits.
Marketing testosterone supplements to body builders and otherwise healthy men as a "lifestyle drug" without mentioning the potential risks is extremely irresponsible. This is the reason we have a civil justice system: to hold drug companies accountable when they market dangerous products without providing proper warnings.
Testosterone Gel Side Effects Attorneys In West Virginia
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