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Testosterone therapy prescribed generously despite potentially dangerous side effects

The number of prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy for men 40 years of age and older has risen 300 percent between 2001 and 2011, and a quarter of the most recent testosterone therapy users have never had their blood levels checked to determine if the need the medication, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The research was spearheaded by Jacques Baillargeon, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, who wondered if the increase in advertising for testosterone treatments was resulting in an increase in prescriptions for the drugs. The ads offered relief from ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy injury lawsuits consolidated in federal court

Federal lawsuits against manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapies alleging the companies withheld risks associated with the products will be consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) ordered all federal lawsuits involving testosterone supplements be tried in Chicago. Consolidating the lawsuits is intended to reduce the cost of expert discovery, facilitate the establishment of a uniform pretrial approach to the cases, reduce the potential for inconsistent rulings and conserve resources, the MDL panel wrote. Testosterone replacement therapies, including the widely prescribed AndroGel, Testim and Axiron are designed to boost ... Read More

New blood clot warnings added to testosterone replacement therapies

Testosterone treatments have been linked to dangerous blood clots in the legs, adding more safety concerns to the hormone supplement currently under review for increasing the risk for strokes, heart attack and death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was ordering a new warning for deep vein thrombosis be added to the safety labels of testosterone treatments. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. It mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh. It is a serious condition because blood clots in veins can break ... Read More

Study links testosterone therapy to brain damage

Testosterone replacement therapy may cause brain damage in Caucasian men, a new study suggests, adding yet another strike against the increasingly popular hormone treatment. Testosterone treatments are approved to boost levels of the hormone in men experiencing symptoms of so-called Low-T, such as a diminished sex drive, fatigue, weight gain and muscle loss. In recent years, prescriptions for testosterone supplements have skyrocketed in the United States, leading many experts to worry that the drug is being given to men who don’t necessarily need it. In its natural form, testosterone helps protect the brain against free radicals, which can damage brain ... Read More

Drug company anticipates launch of new oral testosterone treatment

Clarus Therapeutics, an emerging men’s health specialty pharmaceutical company, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week to raise up to $86 million in an initial public offering. The biotech company is preparing for the commercial launch of REXTORO, an oral testosterone replacement therapy for which the company has submitted a New Drug Application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved, REXTORO will be the first oral testosterone treatment available in the United States. The drug is intended to boost testosterone levels in men with low testosterone levels, also known as hypogonadism. The term “Low T” ... Read More

Man says his stroke was caused by AndroGel testosterone treatment

Ed Downes’ stroke seemed to come out of nowhere. Ed, who was in his upper 40s at the time, was taking medication for hypertension and attention deficit disorder (ADD), but was otherwise healthy. When he began to lose interest in sex and his energy level plummeted, he, like hundreds of thousands of other men, followed the advice of a drug company’s television commercial and had a “conversation with his doctor” to see if he was suffering from low testosterone, or, as the advertisement called it, “Low T.” Ed was prescribed AndroGel, a testosterone replacement gel, which he took for two years. ... Read More

Physicians question safety of testosterone replacement therapy

Increasing numbers of physicians are questioning whether testosterone replacement therapy to boost libido, muscle mass and mood may do more harm than good. Recent studies have linked testosterone therapy to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death. News of the study results rang loudly throughout America, where nearly 3 percent of men older than 40 are using prescription testosterone supplements as a “fountain of youth.” And they didn’t come blindly to their doctors in search of a cure. Many were swayed by heavy marketing campaigns waged by drug companies concocting a disorder they called “Low T,” and urging men ... Read More

New questionnaire designed to help identify Low T in men

A new assessment tool may help physicians screen men for low testosterone, according to a new study published in the Journal of Men’s Health. The male androgen deficiency syndrome (MADS) questionnaire, developed by researchers at Icahn School of Medicine in New York, is designed to be a more simplified screening tool to help doctors and patients identify patients at risk for hypogonadism, or low testosterone. The new questionnaire was used on 5,071 men from 44 centers in September 2010 and 2011. Nearly two-fifths of the men were identified as having a testosterone deficiency. These men were also more likely not ... Read More

Could ‘Low T’ treatments be dangerous to your health?

If you’re a man and you listen to the advertisements from some drug makers describing a condition known as “Low T” with symptoms such as low libido, zapped energy levels, weight gain and muscle loss, you might be tempted to take the drug maker’s advice and check with your doctor to see if you could be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy. Who wouldn’t want to look better, feel better, and have that spring in your step again? However, the drugs may be too good to be true, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American ... Read More

Mildly low testosterone levels do not typically require replacement therapy

Testosterone replacement therapy may be recommended to treat men with very low testosterone levels but it is not typically recommended for older men who are otherwise healthy even if their hormone levels are slightly below what is considered normal, according to Dr. Todd Nippoldt, an endocrinologist with Mayo Clinic. A reader posed the question to Medical Edge from Mayo Clinic about whether he should consider testosterone therapy after a blood test revealed his levels of the hormone were slightly below average. “Should I talk to my doctor about getting treatment even if I don’t have symptoms?” Mildly low levels of ... Read More