Testopel (testosterone pellets) is a testosterone replacement product that is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. If you only recently learned about these side effects, you are not alone — lawsuits are now being filed by men who allege that drug-makers downplayed these risks.
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What is Testopel?
Testopel, manufactured by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, is a testosterone pellet that is implanted under the skin. The pellet slowly releases testosterone for 3-4 months and sometimes as long as 6 months. Testopel is marketed to treat low testosterone. Symptoms of “Low T” may include fatigue or decreased energy, reduced sex drive, increased body fat, reduced muscle mass, and more.
FDA Warnings for Testosterone Heart Attacks, Stroke, and Death
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.
In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about two recently-published studies linking testosterone replacement therapy and life-threatening cardiovascular risks. The FDA issued a Safety Communication.
Just days earlier, PLoS One published a study linking testosterone therapy to a 2X increased risk of heart attack for men over 65. Conclusions were based on data from over 55,000 men, and they confirmed previous studies indicating that testosterone could increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
What is the problem?
The popularity of testosterone has increased five-fold from 2000 to 2011, with 5.3 million prescriptions written in 2011 alone, and sales totaling nearly $2 billion in 2012. The lucrative industry is driven by seductive advertisements promising that testosterone therapy can treat fatigue, depressed mood, sexual dysfunction, and more.
While these problems are unpleasant, they are not life-threatening. The problem is that several studies have found that testosterone may significantly increase a man’s risk of heart attack, stroke, or even death. If you were not aware of the risk before starting Testopel, you are not alone — drug-makers are now facing a number of lawsuits for concealing risk information.
Testopel Side Effects
Testopel is a potent drug that can have side effects on a man’s physical, sexual, and mental health. In the kidneys, testosterone can increase a hormone called erythropoieten, which is responsible for triggering red blood cell production in bone marrow. This can result in thicker blood, higher blood pressure, and an increased risk of developing blood clots in the legs. These blood clots can grow very large and obstruct circulation in vital organs, causing life-threatening complications.
Testopel side effects can include:
- Blood clots
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Organ damage
- And other serious side effects
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