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Endocrine Society Calls for Large Scale Trials to Determine Benefits and Risk of Testosterone Therapy

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Those at the Endocrine Society believe “large scale, prospective, randomized controlled trials” are needed to decide what the risks and benefits are associated with testosterone therapy treatment.  Specifically, the Endocrine Society wants trials involving older men who are experiencing a natural decline of testosterone in their body.

The statement, released February 7, 2014, outlined several recent studies highlighting the risks of heart attack, stroke and death among men who are taking a form of testosterone therapy treatment and also have a pre-existing heart condition.

The Endocrine Society also asked that doctors talk with patients about the benefits and risks of testosterone therapy treatment and only prescribe the testosterone therapy treatments in accordance with its guidelines.

It requests that a “standardized monitoring system” should coincide with any form of testosterone therapy treatment.

If you feel that you need a form of testosterone therapy treatment only a doctor will be able to administer the proper tests to figure out if there is a medical need for the prescription.  You should never stop or start taking any form of testosterone therapy treatment unless instructed to do so by a doctor.

Recent Studies Find Heart Attack Risk among Some Testosterone Therapy Users

A recent study, published in PLOS One on January 29, 2014, looked at the risk of acute non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI), a heart attack, after men were prescribed a form of testosterone therapy.

Men aged 65 and older who were involved in the study had twice the risk of having a heart attack after taking a form of testosterone therapy treatment for 90 days.  But the study also found that once those men stopped using testosterone therapy their risk dropped.

The study also looked at younger men using a form of testosterone therapy treatment and found that those who had a family history of heart disease had three times the risk of suffering from a heart attack than those with no family history of the disease.

Another study, published in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that there was an “increased risk of adverse outcomes” among those that used a form of testosterone treatment therapy.

On January 31st, 2014 the FDA announced plans to investigate the risks of heart attack, stroke and death among men taking testosterone therapy treatments.

If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack, stroke or died as a result of a form of testosterone therapy treatment you need to contact a testosterone therapy treatment attorney today.