Prescription medications for low testosterone levels, also known as “Low T” have been heavily advertised to U.S. men in recent years, and as a result, the sale of testosterone replacement treatments have risen substantially during the last 10 years.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone that helps build a man’s muscles, deepens his voice, boosts the size of his penis and testes, puts hair on his chest, and is the force behind his sex drive. As a man ages, testosterone helps keep his muscles and bones strong and maintains his interest in sex, but after age 30, most men begin to experience a slight and gradual decline in testosterone. The bottom of a man’s normal total testosterone range is about 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), while the upper limits are 1,000 to 1,200 mg/dL.
Although it is natural for testosterone levels to decline as men age, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggested that many American men with normal testosterone levels were being prescribed testosterone treatments, sometimes after only a single test. Variations in testosterone levels can be triggered by many different factors, including:
- Weight gain
- Time of day
- Quality of sleep
Men are being bombarded with media campaigns advertising low testosterone treatments, and as a result, testosterone treatment sales generated about $324 million in 2002, but by 2012, nearly $2 billion in annual sales were reported.
Treatments for low testosterone levels are commonly provided through a gel, cream, injection, pill, or pellet through a variety of Low-T products including:
- Bio-T Gel
Although low testosterone medications are meant to improve a man’s quality of life, recent research has found that the side effects of testosterone therapy may actually increase the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions in some men, including heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots, and even death.
Seek Legal Help
If you or a loved one has suffered cardiac complications as a result of taking testosterone therapy, consult with one of our Georgia testosterone supplement attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith to explore your legal rights. Our attorneys are committed to holding these drug manufacturers accountable and fighting for compensation for your injuries. We have a solid record of achieving success for victims like you.
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