AndroGel (testosterone gel) is a billion-dollar product manufactured by AbbVie, and it is used by two-thirds of men on testosterone therapy. It is widely advertised to treat symptoms of “Low T.” Unfortunately, as evidence linking AndroGel and blood clots grows, many experts warn that life-threatening side effects may outweigh the benefits of AndroGel for most men without a missing testicle or hypogonadism.
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AndroGel Blood Clot
AndroGel is a colorless gel that contains testosterone in 1% and 1.62% formulations, and it is meant to be rubbed on the upper arms and shoulders. It is widely marketed to men with low testosterone, or “Low T,” with ads claiming it can elevate mood, strength, energy, and sex drive.
This powerful marketing campaign has successfully turned AndroGel into a billion-dollar product used by millions of men. Unfortunately, many doctors are concerned that the ads omit important risk information about blood clots.
Testosterone increases the risk of blood clots in several ways:
- Elevating blood pressure
- Increasing the number of red blood cells
- Thickening the blood
- Increasing free-circulating estrogens
- Decreasing levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol
What is the problem?
Testosterone therapy has proven benefits for men with missing testicles for hypogonadism (a condition in which the testicles produce no hormones). The problem is that AndroGel is used by millions of men without a serious medical condition. Instead, they are going through the normal process of aging, in which testosterone levels naturally decrease by 1-2% per year after age 30-40. For these men, the risks of a blood clot from AndroGel may outweigh the benefits.
In addition to the increased risk of blood clots, AndroGel is not a temporary fix — it is a lifetime commitment. Once a patient starts AndroGel, it suppresses the body’s natural production of testosterone.
Complications of AndroGel blood clot:
- Stroke — Blood clot restricts oxygen in the brain.
- Pulmonary embolism — Blood clot blocks vessels in the lungs.
- Heart attack — Blood clot obstructs coronary arteries to heart muscle.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — Blood clots in the legs.
- Cardiac arrhythmia — Irregular heartbeat.
- Transient ischemic attack — Brief interruption of blood supply to brain.
Study of AndroGel Blood Clot Risk
The risk of blood clots from AndroGel is highest in the first 3-6 months of treatment, although a blood clot can occur at any time. Recent studies suggest that AndroGel blood clots are most likely to cause heart attacks.
During the first 90 days of treatment, men over 65 were twice as likely to have a heart attack, according to a study published in PLoS One in January 2014. Another study, published in November 2013, linked testosterone to a 30% increased risk of heart attack.
In August 2013, a study linking testosterone and blood clots was published by Dr. Charles Glueck in Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis. During the study, blood clots caused one person to go blind in one eye, and another developed severe osteonecrosis (bone death) in the hip. Dr. Glueck warned:
“Our research found that 1.2% of men who landed in the hospital with dangerous and potentially lethal blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or in the lungs developed these clots within three months of starting testosterone therapy.”
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