AndroGel (testosterone gel) increases the risk of blood clots forming in the legs, a condition called deep vein thrombosis. If these clots break loose, they can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
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AndroGel is a topical testosterone gel that comes in 1% and 1.62% concentrations. It is approved to treat men who no longer produce testosterone or produce it in very low amounts (either due to hypogonadism or missing testicles).
AndroGel and Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clot in Lungs)
The problem is that AbbVie has launched an aggressive marketing campaign to promote AndroGel in men who have low testosterone due to the natural aging process, and not a serious medical condition. Although the ads mention a possible risk of blood clots, they downplay the risk of complications like pulmonary embolism. For millions of men, the risk of pulmonary embolism may outweigh any benefit from AndroGel.
Studies of AndroGel Pulmonary Embolism Risk
Recent studies of AndroGel and other testosterone treatments have found that they may double the risk of heart attacks for men over 65, and triple the risk for men under 65 with pre-existing heart disease. Other studies estimate a 30% increased risk of heart attack within 90 days of starting AndroGel or other testosterone therapy.
One of the earliest studies linking testosterone therapy and pulmonary embolism was published in October 2011 in the journal Translational Research. Dr. Charles Glueck and colleagues described multiple cases of pulmonary embolism in patients on testosterone, usually as a result of previously-undiagnosed risk-factors for blood clots (Factor VIII and Factor V Leiden), estimated to affect 5% of men.
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
Pulmonary embolisms (PE) occur when there is a blockage in at least one artery in the lungs, which starves the body of oxygen. This can lead to life-threatening brain damage or even death. Pulmonary embolisms are most often caused by Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which blood clots in the legs break loose, travel through the bloodstream, and get stuck in the lungs.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism
- Blood clots
- Chest pain
- Sharp pain that gets worse when breathing
- Coughing up blood
- Cyanosis (blue discoloration of skin, lips, nails)
- Irregular or very fast heartbeat
- Leg swelling, warmth, discoloration, or pain
- Low blood pressure
- Dizziness or loss of consciousness
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