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FDA Warns of Link Between Testosterone Medication and Heart Attacks

In a recent safety announcement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers about an increased risk of heart attack and stroke associated with prescription testosterone products. In most cases, these drugs are prescribed to men with lower testosterone levels due to certain medical conditions, such as disorders of the pituitary gland.

According to the FDA, “The benefit and safety of these medications have not been established for the treatment of low testosterone levels due to aging, even if a man’s symptoms seem related to low testosterone.”

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association reports a 30 percent increased risk of death, heart attack, and stroke in men who take testosterone replacement medications compared to men who do not. If you have been injured by a testosterone medication, call today to discuss your case.

FDA Requires New Drug Labels

In its safety announcement, the FDA also noted that the benefits of testosterone drugs (often called low-T drugs) are unclear. Even in older men who suffer from lower testosterone levels, it is uncertain whether replacement drugs do more harm than good. As such, the agency is now requiring drug manufacturers to update their labels to reflect that use of low-T medications may increase a patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

Symptoms Associated with Testosterone Replacement Drugs

There have been many adverse health conditions associated with testosterone replacement medications. The FDA warns consumers to see a doctor right away if they experience any of the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Slurred speech
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness on one side of the body

Any of these symptoms can be a sign of heart attack or stroke. If you believe you have been injured by a testosterone replacement medication, call right away to discuss your case.

New Haven, Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured by a defective or dangerous pharmaceutical, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers at Nugent & Bryant are here to help. Call us today at (203) 795-1111 for a free consultation.