Heart Problems Linked to Testosterone Therapy Result in Health Canada Warning

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Heart Problems Linked to Testosterone Therapy Result in Health Canada Warning

Men undergoing TRT treatment for low testosterone may face an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart problems.

Health officials in Canada are warning consumers about the possible risk of serious heart problems associated with low T treatments like AndroGel and Testim. According to a safety update issued by Health Canada on July 15, a “growing body of evidence” indicates that there is a causal relationship between testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and an increased risk of men suffering heart-related side effects like stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. If you believe you have been harmed by complications of testosterone therapy, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous drugs, and can help put you in touch with a qualified lawyer who has experience handling TRT injury claims.

No Testosterone Therapy Warnings in U.S.

Although U.S. drug regulators have yet to warn consumers about the potential risk of testosterone treatment heart problems, the FDA did announce an investigation into the issue in January 2014, after a series of studies were published that raised serious concerns about the safety of the medications. In a November 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that side effects of low T treatments were linked to an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks and death among older individuals with pre-existing heart conditions. Another study was published in January 2014, that found an increased risk of heart attack among younger men with pre-existing heart disease taking testosterone medications, and for men over 65, regardless of any pre-existing heart conditions.

Updated Warnings on TRT Drug Labels

According to Health Canada, an evaluation of published scientific literature and case reports has just been completed, and the regulatory agency is now working with drug manufacturing companies to update the warnings on testosterone drug labels sold in Canada. “As of August 31, 2013, Health Canada received 35 reports of cardiovascular problems involving testosterone replacement products,” the warning states. “Some of these reports described the problem as disappearing after the patient stopped using the product or as re-appearing when the patient re-started the product after having temporarily stopped it. This may support a possible link between cardiovascular risk and testosterone replacement products.”

Contact a Low T Treatment Attorney Today

As more men discover the potential connection between testosterone replacement therapy and serious heart problems, concerns are being raised about how the drugs are being promoted, especially considering the sharp increase in TRT prescriptions during the past year. In the United States, hundreds of testosterone treatment lawsuits have been filed this year, on behalf of men who believe they have been adversely affected by side effects of testosterone therapy. If you used AndroGel or another popular testosterone treatment, and you have since suffered a heart attack or another serious complication, contact a knowledgeable low T treatment lawyer to explore your possible compensation options.

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