AndroGel (testosterone gel) is associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), a life-threatening disorder in which venous blood clots travel to the lungs.
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AndroGel and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
July 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Safety Communication to warn that AndroGel and other testosterone replacement products can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE).
AndroGel already carried warnings about the risk of blood clots caused by polycythemia, a side effect in which testosterone increases the number of red blood cells and thickens the blood. However, the FDA has received reports of VTE that were unrelated to this complication.
What is Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)?
The label on AndroGel carries warnings about the increased risk of blood clots in the legs. This complication is also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Unfortunately, blood clots in the legs can potentially travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism (PE). This series of events is known as a venous thromboembolism (VTE).
Symptoms of DVT:
- Pain or sensitivity in legs
- Swelling (edema)
- Red skin discoloration
- Skin feels abnormally warm
- Visible surface veins near blood clot
Symptoms of PE:
- Blood has less oxygen (hypoxia)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain that gets worse when breathing deeply
- Coughing, may be bloody
- Fast heart rhythm (tachycardia)
- And more
Treatment for VTE involves blood-thinning medications that prevent new blood clots from forming and prevents existing blood clots from growing larger. Patients may receive intravenous (IV) “clot-busting” drugs to dissolve existing blood clots. In patients who cannot take a blood-thinner, doctors may implant an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to capture blood clots before they reach the lungs. In serious cases, surgeons may use catheter-directed thrombolysis to inject clot-dissolving medicine directly into a blood clot.
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