Health, beauty and fitness inundate every aspect of our life. Most recently there has been a proliferation of ads focusing on low testosterone in men. The barrage of ads focusing on low T, suggest that men get their testosterone checked, because 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 are said to have low testosterone. These ads suggest that low T may result in reduced energy, decreased sex drive, loss of strength, reduced endurance and increased depression. It is this direct advertising that has lead millions of men to run to their doctor to be tested. For those men that had low T, doctors began prescribing them an array of products, the most prescribed of these products is Androgel 1.62%.
Androgel is a topical gel that is applied to the skin and done so at a dosage recommended by your physician. It has been touted as fast, effective and most importantly safe. Since becoming available, AbbieVie, Inc., the producer of Androgel, has seen sales increase to over $1.37 billion per year. However, there is a growing concern that Androgel is not as safe as the producer of Androgel has led doctors and the American public to believe. Androgel has recently been linked to life-threatening cardiac events, strokes and thrombolytic events.
Androgel was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, a November 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) makes a potential connection between testosterone replacement therapy and death, heart attack, and stroke. The study further indicates that testosterone therapy increased the risks of death, heart attack and stroke by 30%.
The Montee Law Firm is currently investigating claims by individuals that have suffered a stroke or cardiac event while using Androgel or another testosterone replacement therapy. If you have suffered a stroke or cardiac event while taking Andorgel or any other low testosterone medication, and would like a free consultation to explain your rights, feel free to call or email Russ Purvis at the Montee Law Firm.