Androderm is a patch that delivers testosterone directly through the skin. According to the Prescribing Information, Androderm can cause blood clots in the legs — a condition also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The most serious complication of DVT is a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
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Androderm Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Information
Androderm (testosterone patch), manufactured by Actavis Inc., is approved to treat men with hypogonadism (low testosterone). Before starting Androderm, it is a good idea to carefully consider the risks and benefits.
Like many testosterone replacement products, Androderm is known to cause blood clots in the legs or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). On its own, DVT is not usually life-threatening. However, it can cause severe venous damage. DVT can also cause a deadly pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs).
How Can Androderm Increase the Risk of DVT?
The testosterone in Androderm is absorbed through the skin directly into the bloodstream. Testosterone has many effects that can increase your risk of DVT. First of all, one of the most common effects is an increase in the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. You may feel great, but the consequence is a thickening of the blood, which may increase blood pressure. These effects can potentially lead to a blood clot in the legs.
Symptoms of DVT
DVT does not produce any symptoms in about 50% of cases. If symptoms appear, they may include:
- Leg pain or tenderness
- Warm skin
- Red discoloration
What Should I Do?
DVT is a medical emergency and you should call 9-1-1 immediately if you have symptoms. In many cases, blood clots in the legs resolve on their own and do not cause serious complications. However, delaying treatment increases the risk of complications like post-thrombotic syndrome and pulmonary embolism.
In the hospital, you will probably receive oral blood-thinning medications. You may also receive intravenous “clot-busting” drugs that will help dissolve blood clots in your legs. In very serious cases, you may need surgery or a catheter-assisted thrombolysis to remove the clot.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Overview — National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)? — National Institute of Health
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