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SSRIs linked to bone fractures in menopausal, postmenopausal women

Menopausal women who take a class of commonly prescribed antidepressants are more likely to break a bone compared to women who did not take the drugs, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. Menopause can cause a host of symptoms from hot flashes and mood changes including depression. They are also prone to osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle to the point that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. To treat mood symptoms associated with menopause, some doctors have turned to a ... Read More

Women should not be treated with testosterone therapy, Endocrine Society advises

Low testosterone is not a valid diagnosis in healthy women, and most women with low amounts of the hormone should not use testosterone-replacement drugs, the Endocrine Society said in a new guideline. “Although limited research suggests testosterone therapy in menopausal women may be linked to improved sexual function, there are too many unanswered questions to justify prescribing testosterone therapy to otherwise healthy women,” guideline task force chair Dr. Margaret Wierman, of the University of Colorado, said in news release. Dr. Wierman said that in a review of past studies, women who had low testosterone levels did not exhibit any signs ... Read More

Osteoporosis drugs may not lower breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women

Osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may not help prevent breast cancer in women, a new study suggests. Bisphosphonates, sold under the brand names Fosamax and Reclast, are used to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the bones and increases the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. There is a direct link between the lack of estrogen after menopause and the development of osteoporosis. However, lower estrogen levels are also associated with a lower breast cancer risk. It was assumed after several observational studies that bisphosphonates helped protect women from breast cancer. But when researchers from University of California San ... Read More

Are testosterone-boosting drugs safe, effective in older men?

Prescriptions for hormone treatments to treat low testosterone in men have increased nearly 90 percent during the past five years, with global sales of $1.9 billion last year alone, according to IMS Health. But are the drugs really effective for older men with low testosterone levels? Drug companies are spending millions of dollars educating men about their own version of menopause while pushing sales for their line of hormone replacement products to reverse symptoms such as low energy levels and a decrease in libido. Abbott Laboratories, makers of the prescription testosterone gel Angdrogel, is one of the leaders riding the ... Read More

Jurors award Utah woman $5.1 million in HRT-breast-cancer case

A Utah woman was awarded $5.1 million in compensatory damages by a federal jury that found hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs caused her to develop breast cancer, and that the drug companies who developed and marketed HRT were negligent because they failed to adequately warn users of the risks associated with the menopause treatment. The plaintiff, 73-year-old Toshiko Okunda, filed her lawsuit in 2004. She had a hysterectomy in 1985 at the age of 47, and because of severe menopausal symptoms, was prescribed over the next 17 years various doses and combinations of HRT including Premarin, Provera and Prempro. In ... Read More

Poise brand launches line of products to help with menopause symptoms

Kimberly-Clark, makers of Poise pads for incontinence, is launching a new line of products for women who are or will soon go through menopause. The line includes lubricant for vaginal dryness, panty freshener sticks and feminine wash for odor, and cooling towelettes and roll-on gel for women having hot flashes. The Poise brand was first launched in 1992, and sales of Poise products have grown steadily over the years. In 2009, the company coined the phrase “light bladder leakage,” or LBL, to avoid the negative stigma associated with the word “incontinence.” Kimberly-Clark also hired actress Kirstie Alley to front its ... Read More

Estrogen patches carry new warnings for cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia

Estraderm transdermal system used to treat symptoms of menopause has a new black box warning added to its safety label. The new label warns of endometrial cancer, cardiovascular disorders, breast cancer, and probable dementia. Black box warnings, or boxed warnings, are the strongest warning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires, and signifies that medical studies indicate that the drug carries a significant risk of serious or even life-threatening adverse effects. The Estraderm (estradiol) transdermal system is a patch that is placed on the trunk of the body to deliver the hormone estrogen to treat menopause symptoms including hot flashes, vaginal dryness ... 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

More men using testosterone treatments to boost libido

Sales of testosterone drugs are skyrocketing in recent years, driving into the billions. And while the drugs help older men feel like teenagers again, some types of testosterone treatments are causing disturbing side effects for others accidentally exposed. An estimated 13.8 million men older than 45 in the United States have low levels of testosterone, which can lead to a loss in libido, a decrease in bone and muscle mass, and depression. More and more men are turning to hormone therapies to help them feel like their former selves. And they are being driven there by marketing campaigns, such as ... Read More

Plaintiff seeks $10 million for transvaginal mesh injuries

A surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) using transvaginal mesh sold by Bard Healthcare allegedly led to serious injury and pain for one Illinois woman, who is now suing the manufacturer for damages totaling nearly $10 million. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was fitted with the Pelvitex polypropylene vaginal mesh system in 2005. Like many vaginal mesh recipients, the plaintiff suffered from a condition that occurs when weakened ligaments and muscles cause some pelvic organs, such as the uterus and bladder, to drop and protrude through the vagina. POP is usually attributed to childbirth, menopause, and hysterectomy. Transvaginal ... Read More