Delatestryl contains testosterone, a male hormone that is well-known to increase the risk of developing blood clots. If blood clots travel to the brain, they can potentially cause a life-threatening stroke.
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What is the problem with Delatestryl?
Delatestryl may increase the risk of stroke, especially for older men. Lawsuits allege that drug-makers have aggressively promoted testosterone for “Low T” with ads implying it can cure everything from sexual dysfunction to depression. As a result, prescriptions for testosterone have skyrocketed — but only half of patients actually have hypogonadism, the medical condition testosterone is FDA-approved to treat, according to a study published in JAMA in November 2013.
Label Updated With Stroke Warnings
March 3, 2015 — The FDA issued a Safety Communication and announced that the label on Delatestryl and other testosterone products must be updated to warn about the possible increased risk of stroke. The FDA also cautioned that Delatestryl is not approved or recommended for treating “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
Testosterone Linked to 30% Increased Risk of Stroke
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the risk of stroke in men on testosterone replacement therapy. They began investigating after Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study linking testosterone to a 30% increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in the first 90 days of treatment. Conclusions were based on data from over 8,700 men with low testosterone. The average age was 60 years old and many had pre-existing heart disease.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke (or “brain attack”) happens when blood-flow to part of the brain stops. There are two main causes of stroke — hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain) and ischemic stroke (blood clots in the brain). Delatestryl is associated with ischemic strokes. It may also increase the risk of transient ischemic attacks (TIA), which are “mini-strokes” that occur when a blood clot cuts off blood to the brain for less than 5 minutes.
What Happens During a Stroke?
During a stroke, brain cells (neurons) are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. For every minute that passes during a stroke, approximately 2 million brain cells die. This causes permanent brain damage. Symptoms of brain damage vary depending on what part of the brain was damaged and the amount of time that elapsed until treatment.
Symptoms of a Stroke
MedLine Plus warns that stroke symptoms may include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Resources & Additional Information
- Questions and Answers About Stroke — National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- What is a Stroke? — National Institute of Health
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