Definition - What does Testosterone Therapy mean?
Testosterone therapy is frequently prescribed to men to treat a variety of health conditions, including low testosterone, fatigue, and erectile dysfunction. If successful, testosterone treatment may improve a man’s bone mass, sex drive, strength, and sperm production.
Currently, testosterone therapy is big business with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies selling a variety of products including testosterone gels, implants, injections, and skin patches. Some of the most common brands of testosterone therapy include Depo-Testosterone, Delatestryl, AndroGel, Androderm, Fortesta, Testin, and Testopel.
Despite the rise in the use of testosterone treatment therapies, users have reported that some testosterone treatment therapies may increase the risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, and heart attacks.
Lawsuits have been filed against AbbVie Inc., the producer of AndroGel, one of the most popular testosterone treatment products. According to the lawsuits, AbbVie Inc. failed to adequately warn users of the potential risks of their product, specifically, the increased risk of heart attacks in men who have taken AndroGel testosterone therapy.
Justipedia explains Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone is a sex hormone naturally produced in a man’s testicles. As men age, their production of testosterone can deteriorate. Other conditions may also cause the decrease in testosterone, including alcoholism, stress, obesity, illness, prescription medications, and cancer.
The number of men using testosterone treatment therapy has rapidly increased over the last 15 years. Medical experts, however, are concerned. Many believe that testosterone medications may be abused by many men and that some men taking the drugs have little to no evidence of deficiency.
Although medical doctors agree that low testosterone can be detrimental to a man’s health, many medical doctors continue to question the benefit of testosterone therapy and whether they outweigh the risks.
Given the increased risk of taking testosterone therapies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has demanded new warning labels and changes to existing labels for all prescription testosterone treatment medications, including labels for AndroGel, Axiron, Testim, and Depo-Testosterone. According to the FDA, “there is a possible increased cardiovascular risk associated with testosterone use.”
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