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Testosterone therapy poses same safety risks to young men, teenagers

Young men and teenagers hoping to improve in sports are turning to testosterone boosting products, raising concerns about their long-term health. Testosterone replacement therapy is a prescription drug indicated for men whose blood levels show lower than normal levels of the male hormone, resulting in symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain and fatigue. The treatment can also help build muscle mass, which makes it an attractive supplement to body builders and athletes. Many professional sports have cracked down on the use of performance enhancing drugs, which include testosterone therapy. However, some gyms sell testosterone supplements, says Chad Zimmerman, ... Read More

More men getting testosterone treatment but may not need it

Many older American men start testosterone therapy without a real medical need, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Levels of the male hormone testosterone typically drop as men age, causing symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain and a lack of energy. Many drug companies now offer testosterone replacement products, such as AndroGel, Testim, and Axiron. These drugs require a doctor’s prescription after blood tests confirm that testosterone levels are below average. Many men in the United States have been lured by drug companies’ marketing campaigns that tout the benefits of testosterone ... Read More

Drug companies’ marketing efforts help boost sales of testosterone gels

Why men visit their doctors to have their testosterone levels checked can be attributed to one big thing – marketing campaigns waged by drug companies, Dr. Spyros Mezitis, told WebMD. “Men are bombarded by media, by advertising campaigns – ‘Don’t feel well? Ask your doctor about low testosterone.’” Low testosterone is blamed on symptoms such as low sex drive and depression. Treating it can be as easy as getting a prescription for products such as Testim or AndroGel – topical testosterone gels that claim to correct those symptoms by boosting testosterone levels. While the products do help those with low ... Read More

Auxillium, GSK team up to increase sales of Testim testosterone gel

Auxillium Pharmaceuticals Inc. will begin co-promoting its testosterone gel Testim in the United States this summer with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a move that Auxillium is banking on upping sales of its hormone replacement product for men. Testim is a testosterone replacement gel that is prescribed by physicians for men whose blood shows low levels of the male hormone. Low testosterone can cause mood swings and low sex drive. Auxillium entered into the co-promotion agreement with GSK in an effort to get Testim to more physicians. Auxillium will continue to make and supply the gel. The product brought in nearly ... Read More

Testosterone therapy can relieve symptoms of andropause

An estimated 20 to 30 percent of all men suffer from andropause, the male equivalent to menopause in women. It affects men in their mid 40s and older and carries symptoms such as mood swings, low sex drive and forgetfulness. But it can also lead to more serious problems, including osteoporosis. Just as women have hormone replacement therapy as a menopause treatment option, men have options, too. Testosterone therapy is the standard treatment for men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone levels. Treatments include injections or patches. The most popular treatment is a testosterone gel, which is sold under ... Read More