Male testosterone replacement therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years, with the number of men using the therapy jumping from 1.3 million to 2.3 million between the years of 2009 and 2013 alone. Why are so many men taking male testosterone replacement therapy? A decrease in testosterone over time can lead to decreased sex drive, thinning hair, decrease in muscle mass, and an increase in fat, among other symptoms. All of these symptoms, of course, are ones that can impact men on a deep, psychological level as they age, so the increase in popularity of male testosterone replacement therapy should come no as surprise. While the marketing potential of the therapy is indisputable, two significant questions arise however: 1) Does the therapy actually provide the sought-out benefits to most men?; and 2) What are the side effects of the therapy?
The FDA Advises Against Male Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Most Men
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several warnings about the use and side effects of male testosterone replacement therapy in the past several years. The FDA has approved a number of therapy products over the years, but it has expressed concern that many men are using the therapy not because they suffer from treatable conditions but as a way to fight the natural effects of aging.
Put simply, the FDA’s approval of therapies is for men who suffer from low testosterone due to medical conditions, and not as a primary result of the aging process. Such conditions include the aftereffects of chemotherapy and “problems with the pituitary gland or part of the brain called the hypothalamus that control the production of testosterone by the testicles.” The FDA warns that men who attempt to use male testosterone replacement therapy to combat normal signs of aging such as thinning hair and reduced sex drive may not receive any benefits from the therapy, saying “The benefit and safety of testosterone have not been established in men who have low testosterone levels for no reason other than age, even if symptoms seem related to low testosterone,” and instead these men will be putting themselves at risk of serious side effects.
Increased Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack Connected to Therapy
The most significant health risks of male testosterone replacement therapy discussed by the FDA include strokes and heart attacks, and the FDA warns that anyone who uses the therapy should get help immediately if they experience chest pains, shortness of breath, weakness on one side of the body, or slurred speech. Other side effects include:
- increased risk of prostate cancer
- breast enlargement
- aggression and mood swings, and
- increased risk of blood clots
If you have experienced any side effects of male testosterone replacement therapy, consider speaking to a defective drug attorney to discuss your options for financial recovery.
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