First of all, if you have had a heart attack while taking testosterone and need immediate assistance, call our attorneys now for a consultation regarding your potential testosterone lawsuit. According to media reports, in 2011 alone, more than five million prescriptions were written for testosterone treatments in the U.S. Testosterone therapies may come in a variety of forms such as a gel, patch, injection, cream or pill, and are prescribed to men suffering from the side effects associated with low testosterone levels. Also known as “low T treatments,” these methods help to increase testosterone levels in the body that may have declined due to a chronic condition or the body’s natural aging process. Studies show that these medications may also help to increase muscle mass, improve libido and strengthen bone density. If face, according to the recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, many widely prescribed brands of testosterone therapy may be associated with risk of serious cardiac problems in men.
However, several recent studies have linked testosterone treatments to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death, particularly in men predisposed to the conditions or in those currently living with cardiac complications. As a result, men are pursuing claims against several drug makers, claiming that the manufacturers knew of this increased risk and failed to warn the public in an effort to increase sales of the products.
If you or a loved one have taken a testosterone treatment therapy and you suffered from adverse side effects that you feel were brought on by the medication, you may be eligible to file a testosterone lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your legal rights.
There are 10 well-known and highly prescribed testosterone treatments in circulation across the U.S. including:
While many men have successfully used testosterone treatment therapies to increase the levels of the hormone in their bodies, others claim that these medications are not safe and may cause serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Studies show that benign prostatic hypertrophy, high blood counts, prostate cancer, congestive heart failure and sleep apnea may be worsened in men taking testosterone treatment therapies, and several health conditions could increase a patient’s chance of experiencing stroke, death and heart attack such as plaque buildup, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and artery blockage.
Although each medication is different, most testosterone treatment therapies may cause jaundice, headache, nausea and vomiting. Additionally, men may experience anger, anxiety, depression and other mood or mental changes as well as signs of liver disease as evident by abdominal pain and unusual tiredness. A man may have difficulty urinating or may experience swelling or tenderness of the breasts as well as frequent, bothersome or prolonged erections. Other side effects include excess water retention, a decrease in sperm production and edema.
Across the U.S., men who have experienced adverse side effects while taking testosterone treatments are filing testosterone lawsuits against the drug makers, alleging that their products caused life-threatening complications. Additionally, several drug makers are accused of neglecting to inform physicians and consumers of the potential for testosterone treatments to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death. Although claims continue to be pursued on behalf of those allegedly injured, five AndroGel lawsuits were recently filed against AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, Inc. on February 4, 2014 in Illinois federal court.
In addition to heart attack and stroke, plaintiffs also allege that they endured physical and emotional damage while using testosterone therapies. Several families are also filing wrongful death claims on behalf of loved ones that passed away, allegedly due to complications caused by the therapies. Plaintiffs are also claiming that the drug makers had a responsibility to thoroughly research their products to analyze the safety and effectiveness of the medications in men with cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, obesity, blocked arteries, diabetes and other cardiac issues, yet failed to do so.
Drug makers are also alleged to have used aggressive and illegal marketing tactics in an effort to promote the medications. In one instance, a manufacturer allegedly claimed that men who are suffering from certain symptoms should be examined by his healthcare provider for signs of low testosterone levels such as weight gain, fatigue, low libido and lack of energy. However, research shows that these symptoms could also come naturally with age and are not necessarily indicative of low testosterone. As a result, many men used these medications when it wasn’t needed, resulting in injuries and harm.
If you or someone you love are taking testosterone treatment products or medications and you have suffered from side effects such as heart attacks, stroke, or other complications, you may have a valid testosterone lawsuit. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your rights and to receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We will answer your questions to the best of our ability and connect you with an affiliated attorney who will handle your testosterone lawsuit. Depending on your injuries and the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be eligible to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
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