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Health Tip: Understanding Testosterone Treatment

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The hormone testosterone is responsible for male characteristics such as facial and body hair, muscle development, regulating sex drive, sperm production and bone health. Low testosterone can result in loss of hair and muscle, mood changes, less energy and smaller testes, the Endocrine Society says. If your doctor detects low testosterone, he or she may prescribe hormone replacement therapy. ...

Common Treatment for Early Prostate Cancer May Carry Heart Risk

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – Because testosterone can help prostate tumors grow, men with prostate cancer are often given hormone-suppressing treatment. But new research suggests that delivering the treatment in prostate cancer's early stages may, in turn, hike a man's odds for another illness – heart failure. The treatment in question is known as androgen-deprivation therapy. The take-home message ...

Drug Extends Lives of Patients With Advanced Prostate Cancer: Studies

Posted 4 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 3, 2017 – Men with advanced prostate cancer might be able to avoid chemotherapy by taking an additional anti-testosterone pill along with standard hormone therapy, a pair of new clinical trials show. The drug, abiraterone (Zytiga), lowered patients' risk of death by nearly 40 percent when added to standard androgen deprivation therapy, both studies found. Abiraterone also appeared ...

Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Long-term use of muscle-building anabolic steroids may take a toll on the heart, researchers say. Bodybuilders who take these drugs to bulk up should take note: prolonged use of anabolic steroids makes it harder for the heart to function properly. The steroids might also contribute to artery-clogging, study findings showed. "It is critical that clinicians become aware of ...

Testosterone May Protect Men From Allergic Asthma

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Testosterone – the male sex hormone – may be the reason why so many more women have asthma than men, new research suggests. The study found that testosterone suppresses an immune system cell involved in allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is an inflammatory condition that causes the airways to swell, making it hard to breathe. The swelling and inflammation is triggered by ...

TV Ads Help Drive Testosterone Supplement Sales

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – TV ads have helped spur a boom in testosterone treatments, convincing many men that they need hormone replacement therapy, a new study suggests. In places where testosterone therapy ads ran, researchers discovered increases in testing for low T, initiation of testosterone replacement in new patients, and testosterone treatment without proper testing to see if hormone ...

Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Testosterone treatment can boost bone density and reduce anemia in older men with low levels of the hormone, but it might also open the door to future heart risks, a new set of trials suggests. The findings come in the last four studies to be reported out of the Testosterone Trials, a set of seven overlapping federally funded year-long clinical trials conducted at 12 ...

HRT Won't Lower Women's Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Women who use hormone therapy after menopause may not have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, a new study suggests. However, there was some evidence that long-term use – over a decade – might be tied to a lower risk of the memory-robbing brain disease. But the results were far from definitive, the researchers added. The study is the latest to delve into the ...

Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Testosterone treatment can increase a man's risk of potentially fatal blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men taking the male hormone seem to have a 63 percent increased risk of a blood clot forming in a vein, a condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). These clots can cause a heart attack, stroke, organ damage or even death, according to ...

Male Birth Control in a Shot: Promising, But More Work Needed

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – A birth control shot for men shows some promise, but researchers are still struggling to improve its effectiveness and deal with severe side effects caused by the injections. Only four pregnancies occurred among 266 men receiving the treatment, which is an effectiveness rate comparable to other contraceptive methods, according to results from a new international ...

FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Supplemental testosterone and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency said Monday that labeling on all prescription testosterone products – which are approved to treat men with low testosterone due to certain medical ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Testosterone and Other Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS): FDA Statement - Risks Associated With Abuse and Dependence

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA approved class-wide labeling changes for all prescription testosterone products, adding a new Warning and updating the Abuse and Dependence section to include new safety information from published literature and case reports regarding the risks associated with abuse and dependence of testosterone and other AAS.  The Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 placed AAS, including ...

Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Less Safe for Men With Prior Heart Attack

Posted 30 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 – Men diagnosed with prostate cancer often receive hormone-depleting therapy to help fight the tumor. But a new study suggests that the treatment may pose a risk to men who've previously suffered a heart attack. "Patient age, cardiac risk, and disease recurrence risk should be considered when selecting candidates for hormone therapy in this patient population," lead ...

Bodybuilders' Steroid Abuse Linked to Pre-Diabetic Condition

Posted 14 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – Weightlifters' abuse of anabolic steroids – synthetic drugs that closely mimic male sex hormones, such as testosterone – may also lead to insulin resistance, a new study suggests. Insulin resistance is a condition where the muscles, liver and fat cells don't use insulin properly, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases ...

Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Tied to Depression

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – Older men who receive testosterone-suppressing therapy for prostate cancer may be at increased risk of developing depression, a new, large study suggests. The findings are based on over 78,000 U.S. men treated for earlier-stage prostate cancer. Researchers found that among those given hormone-suppressing therapy, 7 percent developed clinical depression in the next few ...

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