Testosterone products are associated with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots in the legs. The most life-threatening complication of DVT is a pulmonary embolism, in which blood clots travel to the lungs and clog arteries.
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Testosterone and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Testosterone replacement therapy is used by millions of men to treat low testosterone, or “Low T.” Many patients use testosterone to treat problems like fatigue, sexual dysfunction, sagging muscles, and depressed mood.
Unfortunately, testosterone treatment is associated with life-threatening side effects like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots in the legs. Testosterone sometimes increases the number of red blood cells in the body, which can thicken the blood and elevate blood pressure. It may also imbalance levels of estrogen, which is a risk-factor for blood clots.
FDA Requires DVT Warnings for All Testosterone Products
June 20, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Safety Communication announcing that manufacturers of all testosterone replacement products must add warnings about the risk of venous blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Before this warning, only testosterone gel products (such as AndroGel) carried warnings about the risk of blood clots in the legs. The risk was believed to be associated with polycythemia, a side effect in which testosterone boosts the number of red blood cells.
According to the warning:
“FDA is requiring a change to drug labeling of all testosterone products to provide a more general warning regarding venous blood clots and to ensure this risk is described consistently in the labeling of all approved testosterone products. Because these clots occur in the veins, this new warning is not related to FDA’s ongoing evaluation of the possible risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in patients taking testosterone products.”
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when blood clots grow in veins deep inside the body. Blood clots are made from coagulated red blood cells, platelets, clotting proteins, and other substances. Normally, blood clots prevent bleeding to death. DVT occurs when there is no injury — often after prolonged sitting, such as on an airplane or after hip surgery. The blood clots usually grow in the lower leg (calf), but they can also occur in the thigh, pelvis, arm, or other areas of the body.
- Skin redness or discoloration
- Leg pain or tenderness (may only happen when you stand up)
- Swelling (edema)
- Surface veins become more visible
- Skin feels abnormally warm
Treatment for DVT focuses on dissolving existing clots, preventing blood clots from reaching the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism, and preventing new blood clots from forming. Many patients will be prescribed a long-acting blood-thinning medication such as warfarin or heparin. They may also be given short-acting intravenous “clot-busting” (thrombolytic) drugs.
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