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Athletes, bodybuilders more likely to abuse testosterone, AAS

Adolescent and adult athletes and bodybuilders are more likely to abuse testosterone treatments and anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) than non-athletes, often combining the two drugs or taking higher doses of testosterone than generally prescribed. This may put them at risk for heart, brain, liver, mental health and endocrine system problems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Alert. “Reported serious adverse health outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity, and male infertility. Those who abuse high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms including depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, decreased libido ... Read More

Prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy increasing in UK

The number of prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy written in the United Kingdom has increased by 20 percent in the past three years, raising concerns among general practitioners that the hormone treatment may become overused as it was in the United States. Testosterone replacement therapy is intended to increase testosterone levels in men who have low levels of the hormone due to hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone due to injury, defect or disease. In the U.S., drug manufacturers have heavily marketed the drugs directly to consumers, saying testosterone supplements can boost libido, increase ... Read More

Older men who have frequent sex often at greater risk of heart attacks, strokes

Older men who have sex at least once a week are up to two times as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular event than men who engage in sexual intercourse less frequently, according to a new study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Even more worrisome is that the men who found sex with their partners satisfying or even mind-blowing had the greatest risk of heart problems than those less satisfied with their sexual experiences. The study involved an analysis of 2,204 people enrolled in the U.S. National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. Men ... Read More

Federal judge allows generic testosterone lawsuits to move forward

A U.S. District Judge says thousands of lawsuits in multidistrict litigation (MDL) can more forward with claims that manufacturers of generic testosterone replacement therapies fraudulently promoted the hormones for off-label use. The ruling partially reverses a November decision that those claims were preempted along with others regarding the adequacy of the products’ labeling. Testosterone treatments are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which men do not produce enough testosterone due to injury or disease. The lawsuits claim that manufacturers of testosterone supplements marketed their drug for a different condition, which they coined ... Read More

Attorneys ask for new mass tort program for PA testosterone replacement therapy lawsuits

Plaintiffs’ attorneys are asking a Pennsylvania state court to create a new mass tort program to handle 31 lawsuits against manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapy over claims their hormone supplements caused users to suffer sometimes fatal heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems. Plaintiffs say that consolidating the lawsuits pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County would simplify the discovery process and make it easier for attorneys to coordinate with attorneys handling similar lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation in Illinois federal court, where about 3,800 similar cases are pending. “The scope of this litigation with respect to the ... Read More

Testosterone treatments can harm health, relationships

Research has shown that men who use testosterone replacement treatments are at an increased risk of cardiovascular events, including death. But a new study shows they may be putting their relationships at risk as well. Testosterone treatments are designed for men who do not produce enough of the hormone naturally due to injury or disease, a condition known as hypogonadism. However, aggressive marketing campaigns from manufacturers of testosterone products to treat what they dubbed “Low T” have resulted in millions of testosterone prescriptions each year. Research has shown that many men are prescribed the hormone without ever being tested to determine ... Read More

Study: Restoring testosterone safer than replacing testosterone

Restoring testosterone production in men may be a more effective method of boosting low levels of the hormone in men compared to testosterone replacement therapy, and restorative therapy does not adversely effect male fertility the way testosterone products do, a new study reveals. Testosterone replacement therapies, such as AndroGel, have been heavily promoted to increase sex drive and energy levels in men with low levels of testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism. Testosterone supplements can boost levels of the hormone in the body, but they also fool the body into thinking it is producing enough, thus the body begins making ... Read More

‘Female Viagra’ hits the market despite safety concerns

The new “female Viagra” pill has hit the market, but it comes with some scary warnings. Addyi is the first female sexual enhancement product that has received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But getting clearance was an uphill battle. The drug was rejected twice – once in 2010 and again in 2013 – based on doubts about effectiveness and concerns about potentially dangerous side effects. Female activist groups fought back, arguing that the FDA has approved literally dozens of drugs designed to increase sexual desire in men – including erectile dysfunction medications and testosterone replacement treatments. The drugs ... Read More

FDA approves long-acting testosterone with black box warning

A new long-acting testosterone therapy has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the approval comes with a black box warning and strong prescribing restrictions. Aveed, made by Endo Pharmaceuticals, is a long-acting depot formulation of testosterone in caster oil and benzyl benzoate. It is administered in a single 3-mL (750 mg) intramuscular injection given once at initiation of therapy, at four weeks after initiation of treatment, and then every 10 weeks thereafter. Aveed is approved to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which men produce too little of the hormone due to disease or defect. The FDA required ... Read More

Losing belly fat safer than testosterone drugs in improving male menopause symptoms

Men who suffer from so-called male menopause, or a decrease in testosterone levels, can benefit from testosterone therapy, but they will have to deal with possible side effects, which range from shrunken testicles and growing “man boobs” to suffering a life-threatening heart attack or stroke. The best treatment, doctors say, is to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to increase testosterone levels naturally. Testosterone is the hormone that makes men more masculine. It promotes hair growth on the body and face, helps build muscle mass, and makes men more amorous. Testosterone levels naturally decline as a man ... Read More