The Clark Firm, LLP is investigating studies linking testosterone products like Testopel with a 30% increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death. If you were not aware of the stroke risk before taking Testopel, you are not alone.
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Testopel Stroke Information
Testopel is a pellet that slowly releases the male hormone testosterone for 2-4 months, or up to 6 months. One of the most common physiological effects of testosterone therapy is an increase in the number of red blood cells. This thickens the blood, increases the risk of blood clots, and may also increase the risk of stroke — especially for older men who already have narrow arteries due to pre-existing heart disease.
Study Links Testosterone and Stroke
In November 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study linking testosterone therapy and stroke. Researchers looked at data on over 8700 older men with low testosterone, including 1200 men starting testosterone therapy. Researchers found that men on testosterone were 30% more likely to have a stroke — 26% on testosterone had a stroke, heart attack, or death within three years, compared to 20% of men who did not take testosterone.
Two months after this study was published, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication and launched an investigation into the stroke risks of testosterone replacement therapy.
Label Updated With Stroke Warnings
March 3, 2015 — The FDA issued a Safety Communication and announced that the label on Testopel and other testosterone products must be updated to warn about the possible increased risk of stroke. The FDA also cautioned that Testopel is not approved or recommended for treating “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
What Happens During a Stroke?
Ischemic stroke is a life-threatening medical condition in which a blood clot is trapped in the brain. Blood clots can travel to the brain from another part of the body, or they can grow inside the brain. During a stroke, brain cells (neurons) do not receive the blood, oxygen, and nutrients they need to survive. Within a few minutes, millions of neurons may die. This causes permanent brain damage.
Complications of a stroke vary widely depending on the location of the stroke and the amount of time that passes until treatment. Over 60% of stroke survivors have some level of disability, such as paralysis, memory loss, incontinence, emotional or behavioral changes, pain, problems talking or understanding speech, and more.
- Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
- Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
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