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Men who use AndroGel or another prescription drug intended to boost testosterone may be at increased risk for blood clots, including dangerous deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Across the country, alleged victims of testosterone blood clots have filed lawsuits against the drugs’ manufacturers, seeking compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages related to their injuries.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now evaluating testosterone treatment cases involving serious cardiovascular injuries, including blood clots. If you or a man you care about were harmed by a low testosterone medication, please contact our office today for a free lawsuit review.
AndroGel and similar testosterone medications are used by millions of men who want to reverse low libido, fatigue and other side effects associated with old age. However, in January 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would be reviewing this class of medications after two studies found that they might increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death in certain men.
In June 2014, even as it continued its review of testosterone heart risks, the FDA ordered the manufacturers of the medications to add a general warning to their labels about an association with venous blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The new testosterone blood clot warning augmented information on the labels regarding testosterone-related clots in men with a condition called polycythemia. The FDA said the new warnings were needed because of a growing number of reports involving clots in men who did not suffer from this disorder.
According to a growing number of testosterone lawsuits involving blood clot allegations, the medications can increase the body’s red blood count or hematocrit. This causes the blood to become thicker, which makes clotting more likely. The use of testosterone medications is also known to increase the amount of estrogen in the body. Excessive levels of this hormone have been linked to serious cardiovascular injuries, including blood clots,heart attacks and testosterone strokes.
Men who use low testosterone therapy need to understand that these medications may be associated with some very serious risks. They should also be aware of signs and symptoms that could indicate they are experiencing a testosterone blood clot, including:
If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot that you suspect was the result of a testosterone medication, you may want to explore your legal options. To learn more about filing a testosterone treatment lawsuit, please call for a free, no-obligation review with an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP.