The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has required the labeling of all prescription testosterone supplements to be updated with information about a risk of abuse and dependence associated with the products.
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What’s the Problem?
January 18, 2017 – Testosterone boosters and other anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) may be abused by both adults and adolescents, according to the FDA.
“Abuse of testosterone, usually at doses higher than those typically prescribed and usually in conjunction with other AAS, is associated with serious safety risks affecting the heart, brain, liver, mental health, and endocrine system,” the agency said.
According to the FDA, side effects of testosterone replacement may include:
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Heart failure
- Liver toxicity
- Male infertility
People abusing high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms including:
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased libido
The new warning will alert doctors and patients about the potential for abuse with testosterone supplements and the adverse health risks, especially those related to heart and mental health, according to the FDA.
In addition to the new warning, all testosterone labels will henceforth include information in the abuse and dependence section about adverse outcomes linked to testosterone/AAS.
Prescription testosterone drugs that will carry the new warnings include:
- Androgel (AbbVie, Inc.) — Testosterone gel applied to skin
- Androderm (Actavis) — Testosterone patch
- Axiron (Lilly USA, LLC) — Underarm liquid
- Bio-T-Gel (Teva Pharmaceuticals) — Testosterone gel applied to skin
- Delatestryl (Endo Pharmaceuticals) — Injection
- Depo-Testosterone (Unigen Life Sciences) — Infection
- Fortesta (Endo Pharmaceuticals) — Testosterone gel applied to skin
- Striant (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals) — Buccal tablet (absorbed through mouth and gums)
- Testim (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals) — Testosterone gel applied to skin
- Testopel (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals) — Pellet implanted under skin
Do I Have a Testosterone Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in testosterone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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