The testosterone pellet Testopel is used to treat symptoms of low testosterone, such as fatigue, depression, muscle loss, and sexual dysfunction. Unfortunately, life-threatening side effects like pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs) have raised concern that risks may outweigh benefits for some men.
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Testopel Pulmonary Embolism Information
Testopel is a pellet that is implanted under the skin, where it releases testosterone over 2-4 months. It is approved to treat men with hypogonadism (low testosterone). Like all testosterone replacement products, Testopel may increase your risk of developing blood clots in the legs. These blood clots can potentially cause a serious complication known as pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs).
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
Pulmonary embolisms (PE) is like a heart attack in your lungs — it occurs when an embolism obstructs a pulmonary artery, which cuts off the supply of oxygen-rich blood to lung tissue. Most pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots that grow inside veins deep inside the lower legs, in a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When these blood clots break off, they travel through the heart and are pumped into the lungs.
- Under the breastbone or on one side
- Most often feels sharp or stabbing
- May also be described as burning, aching, dull, or heavy sensation
- Usually gets worse with deep breathing
- You may bend over and hold your chest in response to pain
Other symptoms of a pulmonary embolism:
- Blue-gray skin discoloration (cyanosis)
- Skin is cold and clammy
- Leg pain, redness, swelling, warmth (symptom of DVT)
- Low blood pressure
Go to the emergency room or call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know has symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. The National Institute of Health (NIH) lists the following treatments you may receive in the hospital:
- Supplemental oxygen if your oxygen level is low.
- Medications to dissolve the blood clot
- Blood-thinners to prevent new clots (anticoagulation therapy)
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters
- Compression stockings
- Catheter-directed thromboylsis
- Open surgery
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