does anyone know anything about these lawsuits from people dyeing from taking testosterone treatments. I see them everyday on tv. and it has me scared to do the treatment.. thanks for any help..kevin jones
NEVER decide whether or not to use a medication by a lawyers ad. Every drug going has side effects and given the right circumstances they can be dangerous, but that does not mean everyone who uses them has problems. The lawyers aren't interested in your health, they are interested in their money. They are the single most important reason for the cost of medications, with all their frivolous lawsuits.
I see the ambulance chasing lawyer ads as well. Since I've been on Low T for about 3 years now, I'm concerned, but have no heart issues to contact a lawyer. You'll note they tell you to contact them so that they may review your case... they want to know if they can spin your illness, heart attack or death in a manner that the drug manufacturers might pay up. There's been no proven link yet, or else it would be all over the mainstream media, and products would be withdrawn from the marketplace pronto. Remember, your doctor is in charge of your case, and should be monitoring your treatment, and health. If you're worried, get an annual check up with him and specifically discuss your concerns about this.
REMEMBER: Testosterone treatment is not something that can be reversed once you start on it. Some of the changes it makes in your body are permanent. Others are not. You need to review and balance the risks and benefits before making the decision to go on such a treatment program. I was a bit surprised at some of the side effects, but it is what I chose to do.
There are probably enough studies to be reasonably sure that increased testosterone levels can lead to increased risk of heart attack for SOME men. In particular, as I understand it, this is primarily a concern for elderly men and middle age men with a history of heart disease.
Also, there are studies that show that LOW testosterone levels increase the risk of heart attack and there are many other negative health consequences of clinically low testosterone. One study found a 20% increase in "death from all causes" for men with low testosterone between 65 and 75.
'd suggest if you have been diagnosed with clinically low free testosterone, don't have any personal or family history of heart disease and are not elderly, you are unlikely to be at risk. Like all medications, there are benefits and risks. Only you, with the support of your doctor, can judge the balance for you. So you should talk to your doctor about your risk level before making any decision to start, stay on, or stop HRT.
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