Low testosterone (or “Low T”) is a booming industry, with millions of prescriptions written for testosterone replacement products like Bio-T-Gel every year. Unfortunately, new studies warn that testosterone may also increase your risk of ischemic stroke (blood clots in the brain).
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Bio-T-Gel Label Updated With Stroke Warnings
March 3, 2015 — The FDA issued a Safety Communication and announced that the label on Bio-T-Gel and other testosterone products must be updated to warn about the possible increased risk of stroke. The FDA also cautioned that Bio-T-Gel is not approved or recommended for treating “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
FDA Safety Warning for Bio-T-Gel and Strokes
On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation and published a Safety Communication about the risk of strokes, heart attack, and death from testosterone replacement therapy products like Bio-T-Gel.
The investigation was prompted by a study published two months earlier in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers found a 30% increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men on testosterone compared to men who did not use testosterone. Conclusions were based on data from men who were an average of 60 years old, including many who had pre-existing heart disease.
What is an Ischemic Stroke?
About 87% of all strokes are ischemic stroke, which occur because a blood clot clogs a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. In most cases, the blood clot breaks off from another area of the body and travels to the brain (called a “cerebral embolism”).
If an artery is blocked, brain cells (neurons) do not receive the oxygen they need to survive. After a few minutes, the brain cell may die, causing permanent brain damage. Approximately 2 million brain cells die for every minute during a stroke.
Bio-T-Gel may also increase the risk of Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) (or “mini-stroke), in which a small blood clot causes a temporary blockage in the brain that usually dissolves within 5 minutes.
Symptoms of a stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged. In most cases, symptoms develop suddenly. However, they may occur on and off during the first day or two and get worse. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), stroke symptoms may include:
- Headache that starts suddenly, wakes you from sleep, occur when lying flat, or gets worse
- Loss of consciousness
- Changes in hearing, taste, vision, touch (ability to feel pain)
- Problems reading and writing
- Loss of muscle coordination, falling, or problems walking
- Numbness or tingling on one side of the body
- Drooping side of the face
- Problems speaking or swallowing
- And more
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