AndroGel (testosterone gel), manufactured by AbbVie, is one of the most popular products for treating low testosterone, or “Low T.” Unfortunately, studies linking AndroGel and heart attack suggest that it may double or even triple the risk of heart attack in the first 90 days of treatment, especially for older men.
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AndroGel and Heart Attacks
AndroGel contains 1% or 1.62% testosterone, a potent hormone that makes several physiological changes that increase the risk of blood clots, which can cause a heart attack. Testosterone thickens the blood, increases the number of red blood cells, and increases blood pressure, which may cause blood clots to form. If these blood clots are trapped in the heart, they could potentially cause a heart attack.
Heart Attack Risk Double for Men Over 65
In January 2014, PLoS One published an observational study that reported a two-fold increase in the risk of heart attack among men aged 65 and older in the fist 90 days following the first prescription. For men younger than 65 with a pre-existing history of heart disease, the risk of heart attack was two- to three-fold higher.
30% Increased Risk of Heart Attack
In November 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study linking testosterone treatment to a 30% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Conclusions were based on a 3-year cardiovascular event-rate of 19.9% for men not on testosterone, versus 25.7% for men on testosterone.
Label Updated With Heart Attack Warnings
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA required the manufacturer of AndroGel to update the label to warn about a possible increased risk of heart attack.
The FDA also asked for new clinical trials to assess the long-term heart attack risk of testosterone therapy. Finally, the FDA clarified that AndroGel is not approved or recommended for “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack (myocardial infarction) typically occurs when a blood clot or plaque obstructs a blood vessel that supplies oxygenated blood to the heart (coronary artery). Heart attacks damage the heart muscle and impair its ability to circulate blood. Many people survive minor heart attacks because healthy parts of the heart will continue to pump blood. If a heart attack causes severe tissue damage, it can be fatal.
Heart Attack Symptoms
- Chest pain that radiates to neck, back, abdomen, arms
- “Crushing” feeling in chest
- Nausea, vomiting
- Dizziness, loss of consciousness
- Shortness of breath
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