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Tennessee man sues AndroGel makers, blames testosterone for heart attack

A Tennessee man says he was lured by the commercials for AbbVie Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel so that he sought out the hormone from his doctor as a treatment for tiredness and other symptoms. Gary Lorei of Elizabethton, Tenn., claims that shortly after starting testosterone therapy, he suffered a heart attack. He filed a lawsuit against AbbVie alleging the company did not adequately warn users about testosterone side effects, including increased risk for strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and blood clots. He also claims that the company promoted the drug for conditions for which may not be appropriate. Lorei’s lawsuit mirrors ... Read More

Testosterone therapy risks should be carefully weighed

“I recommend that you think twice before beginning testosterone treatment to make sure it’s appropriate,” Dr. Keith Roach, in his syndicated column “To Your Good Health,” told a 62-year-old man who questioned whether his weekly testosterone injections put him at an increased risk of heart attack and strokes. “Testosterone replacement treatments for me should be given only to men with consistently low testosterone levels and who have symptoms,” said Dr. Roach, a respected physician at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. “The most common early symptoms in adult men are low energy levels, poor libido and depressed ... Read More

Testosterone therapy makers face thousands of lawsuits

Steve Schabel, a married father of three, said he began testosterone therapy in 2013 to treat depression and boost his sex drive. He started with the gel and then switched to an injection. A week later, he was hospitalized with a life threatening double pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in the lungs. Shabel had no prior history of heart problems. He has recovered but must take blood thinners for the rest of his life. He is now one of several men who is suing the manufacturer of his testosterone replacement treatment claiming the company engaged in questionable marketing practices to ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy offers no proven benefits for aging men

There is no proof that testosterone replacement therapy is safe and effective for aging men, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorities said in a paper published in the Aug. 20 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Testosterone supplements have been heavily marketed to men as a treatment for so-called Low-T, or low testosterone levels. The ads ask men if they suffer from symptoms of this condition, which include low libido, weight loss and muscle loss. The marketing has been so successful that prescriptions for the hormone have jumped into the millions. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of U.S. ... Read More

FDA orders drug makers to conduct testosterone supplments side effects studies

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking manufacturers of testosterone supplements to hold clinical trials of their testosterone replacement treatments marketed to older men to help boost low levels of the hormone. The agency wants to know how men lured by advertising campaigns for testosterone products fared after taking the drugs, especially since data shows that a large number of those who were prescribed the treatments were never tested to determine if they actually had low levels of testosterone in their blood. Testosterone replacement therapies are designed to boost the hormone in men who suffer from hypogonadism, a condition ... Read More

Fitness center faces lawsuit from ‘Low T’ provider

Life Time Fitness is facing lawsuits from a pharmaceutical provider after its plans to establish an in-house Low T Center to help boost testosterone levels in its members flopped. LowT Holdings is suing Life Time Fitness in federal court for breach of contract. Testosterone therapy has become a booming business for drug companies in recent years. Aggressive marketing campaigns and coining the phrase “Low T” to lure men to their doctors to ask for treatments by name has resulted in skyrocketing sales of the male hormone. Advertisements promise the benefits of boosting low testosterone levels can include everything from an increase ... Read More

Testosterone ineffective as treatment for ejaculatory dysfunction

Testosterone replacement therapy doesn’t benefit men with ejaculatory dysfunction, according to a study published in the July 9 issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Testosterone treatments are used to increase the hormone levels in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which men do not produce enough testosterone due to injury or disease. The condition can cause symptoms such as low sex drive, muscle loss and fatigue. Ejaculatory dysfunction includes conditions such as delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation and anejaculation. There is limited data to indicate whether testosterone deficiency may be a contributor to ejaculatory dysfunction in men. But ... Read More

Low T linked to depression, but testosterone side effects could be dangerous

Men who have low levels of testosterone are more likely to be depressed than men in the general population, a new study has found. But testosterone levels should be checked before testosterone replacement therapy is begun to help prevent potentially serious side effects. Researchers from George Washington University reviewed medical records and surveys of 200 men between the ages of 20 and 77 who were being treated for low levels of testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism. They found that more than half of these men – 56 percent – reported being depressed or having symptoms of depression. About 25 ... Read More

First oral testosterone treatment on track to seek FDA approval

Pharmaceutical company Lipocine Inc. is poised to gain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for LPCI 1021, the first swallowable oral testosterone treatment that investors say could make the company’s shares rise more than 80 percent of all goes smoothly. Testosterone treatments generally come in topical gels or patches that deliver testosterone through the skin, or injections that are administered with a shot. The gels are the most popular version though they carry a black box warning because they can be unintentionally transferred to women, children and pets. Thus, an oral version of testosterone would be more convenient than other ... Read More

Study: Testosterone not linked to increased prostate cancer risk

Elevated testosterone levels – either naturally occurring or from use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), does not increase prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels or prostate cancer risk, according to new research. “Many urologists are concerned that TRT may accelerate prostate growth not only in benign disease but also in cancer,” said Peter Boyle, MD, with the International Prevention Research Institute in Ecully, France. The theory is that most prostate cancers respond to androgen deprivation therapy. Thus, testosterone is thought to stimulate prostate growth and prostate cancer. Boyle set out to identify whether there is a link between testosterone and prostate cancer ... Read More