Evidence linking AndroGel and heart attacks has been growing for many years, but the Warnings & Precaution information has not been updated to reflect this information. Instead, AbbVie has aggressively promoted AndroGel as a way to improve health and treat vague symptoms of aging, while minimizing the risk of deadly cardiovascular side effects, stroke, pulmonary embolism, blood clots, and more.
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AndroGel Lawsuit Ends in $150 Million Jury Award
July 2017 — A federal jury in Chicago has awarded $150 million to a man who suffered a heart attack after using AndroGel testosterone gel for four years. Click here to read more.
Ex-FDA Head Testifies AndroGel Testosterone Gel Sold Off-Label
June 2017 — Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler took the stand in the 1st trial out of 4,200 lawsuits, testifying that he believes AbbVie illegally marketed AndroGel testosterone gel for unapproved uses. Lawyers say AbbVie promoted AndroGel as a treatment for a made-up condition called “Low T” and age-related symptoms like decreased libido, depressed mood, falling asleep at the table, and body fat. Click here to read more.
What is AndroGel?
AndroGel is a clear, colorless topical gel that contains testosterone, a male reproductive hormone that is approved to treat men with testosterone deficiency (“hypogonadism”). AndroGel is marketed by AbbVie, formerly part of Abbott Laboratories. It comes in 1% and 1.62% topical gels that are applied to the upper arms and shoulders.
What is the problem with AndroGel?
AndroGel is by far the most popular testosterone replacement therapy drug on the market. It accounts for nearly 75% of all testosterone drug sales in the United States. Part of its success is due to aggressive advertising urging men to seek treatment for symptoms of “low T.”
According to the ads sponsored by AbbVie on IsItLowT.com, if you’re bored, stressed or aging normally, you probably have Low T symptoms: grumpiness, less energy, lower libido and “falling asleep after dinner.” Unfortunately, these symptoms are so common and vague, it is tempting for people to self-diagnose themselves.
In fact, only half of men on testosterone replacement therapy actually have hypogonadism, the condition for which AndroGel was approved. Nearly 25% of patients never had a blood test to check testosterone levels, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
FDA Warning for Testosterone Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
March 4, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA is asking manufacturers of testosterone replacement products to stop marketing them for the treatment of age-related “Low T,” add warnings about heart attacks and strokes, and start studying the long-term risks. Click here to read more.
Studies of AndroGel and Cardiovascular Risks
- January 2014, PLoS One: Testosterone replacement therapy linked to doubled increased risk of heart attack in men over 65 years old, and tripled increased risk of heart attack in men under 65 with a pre-existing history of heart disease. Click here to read more.
- November 2013, JAMA: Cardiovascular events occurred in 25.7% of men on testosterone therapy, versus 19.9% of men not on testosterone therapy.
- July 2010, New England Journal of Medicine: Researchers found twice as many adverse events and a significant increased risk of cardiovascular events in men over 65 on testosterone therapy compared to a placebo.
AndroGel and “Low T”
You may have seen advertisements for treating low testosterone, or “low T.” Testosterone is an androgen, or male hormone, that is responsible for most male sexual characteristics (facial hair, muscle mass, sperm production, and more). Testosterone is produced in the testicles and regulated by glands in the brain. Men with low testosterone have a condition called “hypogonadism,” which can result from a problem with the testicles or the brain.
Symptoms of low testosterone:
- Decreased interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lack of energy
- Loss of bone density, brittle bones
- Muscle weakness or loss of tone
- Loss of body hair
AndroGel Side Effects
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Heart failure
- Prostate cancer
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