Testosterone replacement ads may be misleading

Sometimes in our rush to treat symptoms we see as being uncomfortable or unnatural, we don’t take the time to research the treatment and its potential side effects. We can be swayed by the high numbers of advertisements in Philadelphia sponsored by drug manufacturers that are aimed at selling their products.

Testosterone replacement drugs are facing scrutiny recently after a number of lawsuits have been filed claiming that they have contributed to heart problems and strokes in men who have taken them. The drug companies who manufacturer the testosterone replacement drugs have come under fire for the number of advertisements that seem to give the impression that testosterone therapy can be a miracle drug for those battling low energy, trouble sleeping and weight gain. In fact, these symptoms may not necessarily be the result of low testosterone, but a normal part of the aging process.

The American Medical Association released a study in 2013 showing that testosterone therapy has tripled. These numbers are alarming to some who worry that those on the therapy have not undergone comprehensive lab tests and consultations with physicians who specialize in hormones and hormone replacement therapy. Because there is no one treatment plan that is right for everyone, experts recommend patients work with their doctors to come up with a plan that is personalized for their needs.

If you have been or are currently on hormone replacement therapy and have experienced adverse side effects, you may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney about your case.

Source: News.am, “Testosterone therapy: Is it necessary?” Dr. Jennifer Landa, Mar. 5, 2014

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