Testosterone replacement therapy has become significantly more popular in recent years. This type of treatment aims to increase and stabilize persons experiencing low testosterone levels. In men, low testosterone levels are associated with a loss of traditional male characteristics, such as muscle tone, sexual drive, and male hair patterns. Testosterone therapy seeks to address these conditions by increasing the male hormones responsible for such characteristics.
The replacement therapies may also be used for low testosterone in women as part of an overall hormone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy may also have some applications in other settings such as in certain cancer treatments and in fertility clinics.
How Does Testosterone Replacement Therapy work?
Testosterone replacement therapy generally involves the administering of testosterone drugs. These can either be taken orally or through injection. Topical creams and gels such as AndroGel have also become fairly popular. There are number of different testosterone drug products, which may be prescribed according to a doctor’s recommendations.
The drugs are often administered in cyclical doses over a period of times until the person’s hormone levels return to normal. The therapy process can take a long time, sometimes several months.
What Types of Injuries and Side Effects Can Result from Testosterone Therapy?
In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning regarding testosterone drugs and testosterone therapy treatments. The warning linked testosterone replacement therapy with side effects and risks such as:
- Heart attacks
- Blood clots and circulation issues
- Overall cardiovascular issues
Another dangerous possibility with testosterone therapy is that the drugs can cause the person’s body to shut down in terms of normal testosterone production. During the treatments, the person’s testosterone levels may be ideal. However, once the treatment stops, the person’s body may no longer produce testosterone at suitable levels due to dependency on the testosterone drugs. Injuries such as these have led to an increase in the number of personal injury lawsuits filed in connection with testosterone products and treatments.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Testosterone replacement therapy carries various risks with it. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer if you’ve undergone testosterone therapy and have received injuries in connection with the treatment. Your attorney can help investigate your situation to determine if you have a claim. Also, your lawyer will be able to help you file your case and can represent you during the trial process as well.