Low-T FAQs

If you have suffered serious ailments as a result of treatment for low testosterone levels, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have lost a loved one, you may want to consider pursuing a wrongful death suit against the drug’s manufacturer. To completely understand your options you will need to talk to a well-qualified Low-T attorney.

In the meantime, however, please feel free to refer to this page for a basic review of the most frequently asked questions regarding the health risks and legal options related to Low-T treatment.

What is low testosterone?

Testosterone is a natural hormone that is manufactured in the body. It governs normal male sex organ development and longevity. Testosterone is produced in the testes, the reproductive glands that produce sperm. The amount of testosterone produced by the testes is primarily regulated by the pituitary gland. General effects testosterone has on the body include:

  • Growth and maturation of the prostate, and other male sex organs;
  • Development and continued growth of male hair;
  • Changes in body muscle mass, fat distribution and strength;
  • Libido and sexual function;
  • Mood and energy level;
  • Bone strength and density.

What is hypogonadism?

This term, in men, refers to a decrease in either testosterone, sperm production, or both.

What are the risks of taking testosterone replacement drugs?

Some patients could experience one or more of the following side effects:

  • Increase in red blood cells – This is often beneficial for men with anemia. But it can be potentially dangerous an increase in red blood cells can cause blood clots to form, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
  • Negative prostate effects – If you have an enlarged prostate, testosterone can worsen those symptoms. This is more common in men over age 50. Men who have a history of prostate cancer should not take testosterone supplements. Before embarking on any Low-T supplemental regimen you are advised to see a urologist.
  • Skin reactions – They can include acne, oily skin, increased body hair and/or facial flushing. If one or more of these symptoms occur and if they last for more than a week or two, see your doctor. This can be an early warning sign of possible testosterone injury.
  • Infertility – Testosterone therapy lowers sperm production. It is important that men who still wish to have children refrain from any sort of testosterone replacement drug.
  • Sleep apnea – This condition disrupts breathing during sleep. For those who already have it, their conditions could worsen when taking testosterone supplements.
  • Fluid retention – Although this is an uncommon occurrence, people with a family history of heart or kidney problems might encounter this side effect which could an indication of organ damage. If you notice that you are suffering unusual fluid retention, seek medical assistance immediately.

Who should avoid testosterone replacement therapy?

Since so many different parts of your body can be affected by Low-T therapy, your physician is the only one who can really answer this question.  But generally, testosterone replacement is not recommended and in some cases, is discouraged in patients with the following afflictions:

  • Breast or prostate cancer;
  • A conspicuous prostate nodule;
  • Erythrocytosis, or an increase in red blood cells;
  • Hyperviscosity syndrome, or the slowing of blood through the arteries;
  • Untreated obstructive sleep apnea;
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms with an AUA prostate symptom score over 19;
  • Uncontrolled acute heart problems;
  • Unexplained prostate-specific antigen (PSA) elevation;
  • Severe lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy;
  • Unstable congestive heart failure (Class III or IV).

How is testosterone therapy medication administered?

Most are topical gels or creams that are applied on men’s backs, arms and shoulders. Other testosterone replacement medications can be administered through injections, pills, or patches.

What are the risks associated with testosterone therapy?

Recent clinical studies reveal that the use of most testosterone therapy medications can cause injuries such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. This is why it’s important to work closely with your doctor to maintain your health, as well as with an experienced attorney if your physician tells you that you may be suffering from testosterone-related injury, side effects, or other complications from the drug.

How can testosterone therapy medications affect women and children?

Yes: secondary exposure to testosterone treatments can create extremely adverse complications in both women and children. It can cause sudden sexual development in prepubescent children, including impulsive, aggressive outbursts. In adolescents, it can rapidly cause the growth of hair or the onset of acne; which can be severe depending on the level of exposure. Research is currently being conducted to determine if exposure to pregnant women could lead to birth defects.

Can my testosterone medication transfer to other people?

Yes: The adverse consequences of testosterone treatments can be transferred to others through skin-to-skin contact. Even wearing someone’s clothes can transfer trace amounts of the drug and lead to side effects. Women and children are at particular risk from such exposure.

What do I do if I am experiencing complications due to testosterone therapy?

If you or a family member have suffered a stroke, heart attack, blood clots, or other complications due to testosterone exposure it is best that you contact an experienced lawyer immediately. You could be entitled to compensation and the action you take could protect many other unsuspecting patients.

Call Price Benowitz LLP today to discuss your options and potential for civil justice. Call for a free, initial consultation.