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Everyone has seen them: The ads asking about a whole host of symptoms associated with low testosterone.
Some of these low testosterone or “low T” symptoms can include:
- Mood swings
- Lack of vigor
- Lessening of the male sex drive
This is a well thought-out, highly funded marketing campaign designed to send men to their doctors for testosterone replacement therapy. Of course, the advertisements do not mention the fact that these “symptoms” are also common signs of aging! And these advertisements also fail to mention that testosterone supplements can have serious side effects.
Call Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. to speak with our lawyers if you believe you have suffered injury caused by low T treatments.
Testosterone Treatment Statistics
According to recent statistics, these marketing campaigns have been effective. The number of men 40 and older treated for this “low T” condition jumped more than 300% from 2001 to 2011, according to a recent JAMA Internal Medicine study. Even more telling are the figures from an article in Nature Review Endocrinology that revealed prescription sales for testosterone reached $1.6 billion in 2011. In contrast, testosterone sales in 1988 amounted to about $18 million.
Traditionally, testosterone therapy was reserved for those suffering from hypogonadism, a condition that can be either hereditary or develop after injury or infection. This condition results in drastically reduced testosterone production in the body and affects an estimated 3% to 7% of the male population.
Symptoms of hypogonadism include:
- Decreased development of body hair
- Decreased development of muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lowered sex drive
For sufferers of hypogonadism, testosterone therapy can be administered through a gel, a patch, injections, or pellets implanted in soft tissues. In recent years, the diagnosis of hypogonadism has skyrocketed. No one can deny that the affect those television ads for low testosterone therapy had an impact.
Is Low T a Real Syndrome?
Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman—director of PharmedOut, a Georgetown University Medical Center project advancing evidence-based prescribing—said the treatment "offers no proven benefits for healthy men.
“Low T” syndrome is invented by pharmaceutical companies to sell treatment products."
Experts say testosterone production peaks during the teens and twenties and declines about 1% per year after age 30. Normal levels for men range from 300 to 1,200 nanograms per deciliter. Skeptics point to possible side effects, most notably the evidence of increased cardiovascular risk in elderly men. A JAMA Internal Medicine article from January 2014 cites a tripling of the risk for heart attacks and strokes in “Low T” drug users over the age of 65.
One huge side effect that often goes unnoted is the very likely fact that once you start, you cannot go back. Dr. Stephen "Kyle" Dreisbach, a family practice physician with Norton Healthcare, treats some men for Low T. He is quoted as saying "Once you start on it, you are going to suppress your own production of testosterone. It's a lifetime commitment."
Low-T Injury Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide Since 1981
If you or a loved one has received Low-T treatments and are experiencing complications, our Houston personal injury attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. can help. Contact us at (713) 621-7944 for a free consultation and case evaluation by our drug recall attorneys.