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What side effects do users of testosterone drugs experience?

There are a number of side effects that were observed in users of low testosterone drugs. These can range from mild ones such as nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, hair loss or sleeplessness to serious and even life threatening such as chest pain, myocardial infraction (heart attacks), heart strokes, blood clotting, anemia, congestive heart failure and sudden death. People that have a history of heart, kidney or liver disease are more at risk for cardiovascular incidents and increased risk of prostate cancer.

What side effects are testosterone lawyers investigating?

Lawyers are accepting testosterone injury claims involving heart attack, heart stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Other life-threatening conditions are also investigated. Contact us or fill in the online form to find out if you have a claim to file a testosterone lawsuit.

Why does testosterone therapy lead to these side effects?

Testosterone causes the body to produce red blood cells. Increasing testosterone leads to an increase in red blood cells – and since they tend to coagulate, the blood thickens more than usual. Coagulation makes blood flow more difficult and this can lead to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular complications. As men get older, their arteries generally get narrower so blood coagulation poses a higher risk.

What are the claims brought against testosterone drug manufacturers?

Low testosterone lawsuits are filed against drug manufacturers for placing profits above health concerns and the safety of those who use the drugs. The majority of cases argue that:

  • Drug manufacturers have failed to adequately research the health risks involved in taking testosterone drugs, especially cardiovascular risks in older men and those with a previous history of heart disease, high cholesterol, blocked arteries, diabetes and obesity.
  • Drug manufacturers led highly aggressive direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns, with advertisements that suggested that low fatigue, low libido, weight gain and other naturally occurring issues as symptoms of “low T” while providing their drug as the solution.

Did the FDA approve testosterone therapy?

The FDA approved AndroGel among other testosterone drugs in 2000. These drugs were approved to treat hypogonadism, a medical condition that is a primary cause for very low levels of testosterone production. Hypogonadism has to be screened for through a specific blood test before a doctor can prescribe testosterone therapy drugs.

Why are the majority of lawsuits aimed at AndroGel? Aren’t there other testosterone drugs on the market?

AndroGel has the highest market share of the low testosterone drugs, with an estimated 80% share. Because of this, most lawsuits involve this specific drug but other low testosterone drugs are not discounted from causing the same dangerous side effects.

Did the FDA warn users of the side effects?

In 2009 the FDA issued a black box warning that cautioned about secondary exposure to testosterone in children and women through topical testosterone products (such as gels).

In January 2014, the FDA announced that it would look further into claims of elevated heart risk after two major studies were published on the issue. There has yet to be a response.

What do medical studies say about testosterone side effects?

In 2010, a federally funded study at the Boston University had to be discontinued when researches concluded that the risk for heart attacks and stroke among the patients were five times higher than normal. Another study published in PLOS One has shown that the risk for heart attack and other heart complications was two to three fold in men of varying demographics.

Why are lawsuits being filed just now? Why weren’t testosterone drugs side effects an issue before?

Recent FDA warnings, studies and consumer reports have alerted the public to heart issues involving these drugs. The hormone replacement drug industry has grown almost 500% in the past two decades, thanks in part to an aging demographic (baby boomers) and an increase in the marketing effort of these drugs. Concerns existed before, but only now have there been widespread reports that would warrant a closer look at the whole low testosterone drug marketplace.

Who can make a testosterone heart attack claim or file a low testosterone stroke lawsuit?

If you, a relative or a friend have suffered from a stroke or heart attack while using a low testosterone drug, you may have grounds to make a claim by filing a low testosterone lawsuit. Contact our attorneys or fill the online form to the right to see if you qualify.

What does it cost to review my case?

There is no cost to you for us to review your case and no further obligation for you to file a lawsuit.

How much will it cost to file a testosterone lawsuit?

We represent clients in a testosterone lawsuit on a contingency basis. This means that if you don’t win the case and obtain compensation, there are no fees to you.

How much time do I have to file a testosterone lawsuit?

Statutes of limitations differ from state to state. If you or someone you know has suffered from a stroke, heart attack or DVT, it’s better to contact a testosterone lawyer sooner rather than later.

We don’t usually sue. How will this benefit us?

If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of using testosterone therapy drugs, then these injuries may require medical care. Medical costs are becoming increasingly higher and if you’re incapacitated, you probably won’t be able to work or function properly. This can lead to further financial stress on you and your family. By suing you can receive not only compensation for your medical and financial loss – known as compensatory damages – but punitive damages as well. Since manufacturers are mainly driven by profit, punitive damages prevent and/or heavily deter manufacturers from further selling and producing defective medication. This will not only benefit you but other men also who could find themselves in the same situation as a result of using testosterone medication. So if you’re wondering whether to sue or not, consider it as a civic duty that you must perform in order to keep corporations from going overboard.

Low Testosterone Therapy Side Effects

While low testosterone treatment is prescribed to combat the effects of aging such as diminished libido, lowered muscle strength and bone density, erectile dysfunction and depression, it has now been proven by medical studies that testosterone products can have adverse health effects, ranging from minor to more serious, life-threatening ones. Serious side-effects include:

Myocardial infraction (heart attacks)

This is the most common type of side effects that has been seen in patients who undertook low testosterone therapy. Patients with a history of heart disease and complications were more likely to have a heart attack.


The second most common type of side effects. This happens because of a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. Mini-strokes (transient ischemic attack or TIA) are also possible and have been alleged at least in one lawsuit against the makers of AndroGel

Prostate Cancer

While the research is not as conclusive as it is on heart strokes and heart attacks, the risk for prostate cancer has not been entirely ruled out. Those who have undergone or are currently undergoing testosterone therapy are advised to take a PSA test once or twice a year.