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Testosterone Causing Strokes in Healthy Men

Published on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:16 am in Testosterone Therapy.

The lawsuits being filed across the country against the makers of testosterone drugs has painted a tragic picture of many otherwise healthy men who have suffered strokes or heart attacks after taking the medication.

In one case, a very healthy 47-year-old man in Seattle suffered a stroke, which he believes was brought on by the testosterone therapy via injections he had been taking. There were no other health indications for him. He didn’t even have high blood pressure – his blood pressure had always been normal, and he never had any heart-related problems. His family didn’t have any history of stroke or heart attack, either.

For the past five years before the stroke, he had been taking testosterone injections two times per month to treat hypogonadism.

FDA Testosterone Panel Recommendations

Published on Oct 1, 2014 at 11:20 am in Testosterone Therapy.

A Food & Drug Administration advisory panel on the use of testosterone therapy recently made two primary recommendations. Bloomberg.com reports that the panel voted 20-1 during its September 17 meeting to:

(1) Tighten use of the therapy treatments. The panel recommended that the FDA should require language on the product labels clarifying that their use is restricted to only the intended uses of the drugs.

(2) Require the drug makers to study the possible increased risk the drug poses for heart attack and stroke.

The panel was a joint meeting of the FDA’s Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.

The meeting was convened to address:

FDA To Convene Testosterone Advisory Panel

Published on Sep 26, 2014 at 8:26 am in Testosterone Therapy.

This week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will convene an expert panel to discuss the widespread use of testosterone replacement therapy and its risks of serious medical side effects.

The panel follows up the FDA’s safety announcement, issued in January, noting that it was looking into studies that had shown a possible risk of heart attack, stroke and death in men using testosterone treatments

The panel will be a joint meeting of two outside advisory committees: the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee. The two primary agenda topics, set for September 17 in Maryland, are:

  1. The appropriate indicated population for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), and

UBC Study to Look at How Testosterone Therapy Causes Heart Attacks

Published on May 29, 2014 at 8:04 am in Testosterone Therapy.

A new study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) is exploring the causation link between testosterone therapy and heart attacks.

Recent studies have shown that testosterone therapy can increase the risk of heart attack in men over 65, and in men of all ages who have heart disease. Those findings caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a safety alert earlier this year. The FDA stated that it had been monitoring those risks and announced its intention to evaluate the safety of testosterone therapy.

Up until now, the studies showed a correlation, but haven’t precisely tracked how the medication could cause the heart problems.