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What Is Androgel?
Androgel is a topical skin gel that contains the hormone testosterone. The gel product is prescribed for men experiencing low testosterone, along with its corresponding symptoms (such as hair loss, loss of energy and sex drive, and changes in body composition). It is typically applied on the upper body and where it delivers testosterone to the body through the skin.
Other testosterone-related products such as Androstenedione work by altering precursors to testosterone within the body. However, Androgel works by directly replacing and supplementing testosterone in the patient’s body. In other words, Androgel contains testosterone and therefore needs to be handled with care.
What Types of Risks Are Associated with Androgel?
As with any testosterone-related treatment product, Androgel is associated with various side effects, such as headaches, nausea, and other symptoms. Other effects include:
- Enlarged prostate
- Reactions at site of application
- Increased blood pressure
- Changes in heart profiles and readings
One of the other dangers associated with Androgel is the risk of testosterone exposure to children or female partners. This can happen due to direct contact with application site or secondary exposure to towels, sheets, shirts, etc. In particular, childhood exposure to testosterone can result in irreversible changes in the child, such as early puberty.
Also, Androgel can be dangerous for women if they are pregnant at the time of exposure. Again, exposure to Androgel can occur through contact with garments or fabrics used by someone who has applied Androgel to their skin.
Lastly, legal issues can also arise from misdiagnosis or improper prescription errors, or from using Androgel for inappropriate or illegal uses.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Issues Involving Androgel?
Androgel may be linked to certain types of injuries and specific conditions. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need to file a complaint involving Androgel or any other type of testosterone-altering products. Your attorney can help you file your claim and can represent you during the process.
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Last Modified: 03-28-2014 03:48 PM PDT
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