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Heart risks added to safety label of Children’s Motrin

The labeling of over-the-counter Children’s Motrin has been updated to include a new warning regarding an increased risk of deadly heart attacks, heart failure and strokes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Children’s Motrin, like Motrin for adults, contains ibuprofen, a painkiller from a family of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Other drugs in this class include Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). NSAIDs are sold both over-the-counter and by prescription. The new warning states: “Heart attack and stroke warning: NSAIDs, except aspirin, increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. These can be fatal. ... Read More

Alternatives to PPIs for those concerned about risks revealed in recent research

In a recent blog, Harvard doctor Anthony Komaroff answers a concerned reader’s question for the Pantagraph. This reader wanted to know about heartburn medicines known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, increasing risk of heart attack. Dr. Komaroff explained details about the study the reader had heard about, saying that it attracted a lot of attention because the popular drugs such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, taken by more than 20 million Americans in any given year, had been considered by many to be safe. The study was very large, analyzing the medical records of nearly 4 million people. The ... Read More

AHA offers heart attack, stroke warning signs following celebrity deaths

The holiday weekend was rocked by the news of singer George Michael’s death from heart failure and actress Carrie Fisher’s death due to a heart attack. The news prompted the American Heart Association to remind consumers about the warning signs of heart attack and stroke and when it is time to seek immediate medical attention. Conditions that increase a person’s risk for heart disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke, include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetes, smoking, being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, having a family history of early heart disease, having a history of ... Read More

FDA evaluating link between antidepressants and ‘broken heart syndrome’

Antidepressants may break your heart … or at least that’s what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to find out. In its latest quarterly filing of Potential Signals of Serious Risks/New Safety Information identified through its adverse event database for April to June 2016, the FDA says it is reviewing cases of stress cardiomyopathy – known as the “broken heart syndrome” – to determine whether regulatory action – such as a new warning – is needed. Stress cardiomyopathy is also referred to as takotsubo cardiomyopathy and apical ballooning syndrome. It is a condition in which intense emotional or physical ... Read More

Studies link testosterone treatments to heart problems

It’s hard for some to imagine that testosterone replacement treatments can be linked to cardiovascular risks including heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism But the risk is real, says ClassAction.org., a group of online professionals who report on legal issues for consumers. According to the report, testosterone replacement therapies, including gels, patches and injections, can increase the amount of red blood cells in the body that can coagulate and cause the blood to thicken. This can make it more difficult for blood to flow through the body, which can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems, including ... Read More

Court selects eight AndroGel cases to serve as bellwethers

U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly has selected eight cases to serve as bellwether trials in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) of more than 5,500 lawsuits alleging testosterone replacement therapy caused users to suffer serious injuries. Four of the cases involve plaintiffs who took AndroGel and had a heart attack. The other four involve plaintiffs who used AndroGel and then suffered a blood clot such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. AbbVie’s AndroGel is the top-selling testosterone replacement therapy, and the product named in most of the lawsuits pending in Illinois, thus it was decided that all the bellwether cases ... Read More

Study investigates prostate cancer risk with testosterone treatments

The increased use of testosterone replacement therapy has resulted in numerous studies looking into the safety of testosterone supplementation. Recent studies have brought to light concerning cardiovascular risks. For example, one study has found that men who used testosterone therapy were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die after three years of use. Another study found that men had a significant increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the first 90 days of use. A recent study has looked at whether testosterone treatment can increase prostate cancer risk. The reasoning is that standard therapy ... Read More

Dr. K supports doctor’s reluctance to prescribe testosterone replacement therapy

Older men with low-normal testosterone levels should not rush into testosterone-boosting treatments without first considering the risks versus the benefits, said Dr. Komaroff, who goes by Dr. K at AskDoctorK.com, a syndicated health-related column. “I’m a 68-year-old man who has been feeling more tired and less ‘sexy’ over the past several months,” a reader writes, adding that his doctor told him his testosterone levels were “low normal.” “I know that some men take testosterone gel as a treatment (for low testosterone). My doctor is not so keen on that. What’s your opinion?” Dr. K didn’t offer direct advice to the ... Read More

Weight loss similar in men on testosterone compared to placebo

Manufacturers of testosterone replacement treatments used aggressive marketing campaigns to sell their products as cure-all for a host of symptoms including weight gain, but a new study shows that men following a diet and exercise regime lose the same amount of weight on testosterone therapy as men taking a placebo. The study, presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, involved 100 fairly healthy obese men ranging in age from 20 to 70. All reportedly had low testosterone levels, 20 percent had diabetes and 10 percent had heart disease. For the first 10 weeks, the participants were told to follow a ... Read More

FDA warns that testosterone replacement therapy should not be used for age-related hypogonadism

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors not to prescribe testosterone replacement therapy to men with age-related hypogonadism due to cardiovascular risks. Prescription testosterone treatments are designed to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which men’s bodies do not produce enough testosterone. In younger men, this is generally due to disease or defect. Low testosterone can affect fertility and cause other problems including low libido and muscle loss. As a man ages, testosterone levels naturally drop. Despite advertisements from manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapy promising increased sex drive and weight loss, this is not an indication for testosterone treatment, ... Read More