Recent studies have linked testosterone therapy products like Testim with stroke (blood clots in the brain). However, men from all over the United States are just now hearing about the danger. For some, it’s too late. Manufacturers of Testim are now facing lawsuits accusing them of downplaying the risk of stroke.
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Testim and Stroke
Testim (testosterone gel) is known to increase the risk of developing blood clots in the legs. These venous clots are unlikely to cause a stroke. However, the same risk-factors that cause blood clots can also potentially cause a stroke. Testosterone therapy can thicken the blood, increase the number of red blood cells, and elevate blood pressure.
FDA Investigates Studies Linking Testosterone and Stroke
In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication to announce that they would investigate studies linking testosterone therapy and stroke.
The study that prompted the investigation was published in November 2013 in Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers evaluated data on over 8,700 men with low testosterone, including about 1,200 men on testosterone therapy. The men were generally older (median age was 60 years old) and many of them had heart disease.
After three years, 26% of men on testosterone had a cardiovascular event, compared to 20% of men who did not take testosterone. Testosterone therapy was associated with a 30% increased risk of stroke, heart attack, or death.
Label Updated With Stroke Warnings
March 3, 2015 — The FDA issued a Safety Communication and announced that the label on Testim and other testosterone products must be updated to warn about the possible increased risk of stroke. The FDA also cautioned that Testim is not approved or recommended for treating “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
Call 9-1-1 if you or someone else has the following symptoms of a stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, 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.
Court filings show that at least two Testim lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case Nos. 140301684 and 140302537) and one lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
One plaintiff is a 67 year-old Pennsylvania man who had a heart attack in 2013. He had no medical history of cardiovascular events before starting Testim. He and his wife allege that Testim caused his injury. Furthermore, they accuse Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline of over-promoting Testim while minimizing the risks like stroke, heart attack, and death.
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