FDA Testosterone Warnings & Safety Alerts: For men who are taking FDA approved testosterone products such as Depo®-Testosterone; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert. They are currently investigating any connection between an elevated risk of heart attack, stroke, or death and men taking these products.
What is Depo-Testosterone?
Depo®-Testosterone Injection is an endogenous androgen prescribed by a medical physician to treat Low T in men. The generic version of this drug is testosterone cypionate, a white creamy odorless crystalline powder. Depo®-Testosterone Injection is available in two different strengths, 100 mg/mL and 200 mg/mL. Each milliliter of the 100 mg/mL solution contains 100 mg of testosterone cypionate, 0.1 mL of Benzyl benzoate, 736 mg of cottonseed oil, and 9.4 mg of Benzyl alcohol. Each milliliter of Depo®-Testosterone 200 mg/mL solution contains 200 mg of Testosterone cypionate, 0.2 mL of Benzyl benzoate, 560 mg of cottonseed oil, and 9.4 mg of Benzyl alcohol which acts as a preservative in both available strengths.
Important Safety Information
You should not use testosterone cypionate and testosterone propionate interchangeably due to the differences in the two drugs duration of action. It should be known that Hypercalcemia may occur in immobilized patients and Depo-Testosterone should no longer be used if this occurs. In some patients who are being treated for hypogonadism, gynecomastia may occur. Depo-Testosterone should not be given intravenously as it is intended for intramuscular use only and is generally given deep in the gluteal muscle.
Caution should be used when androgen therapy is prescribed to healthy males with delayed puberty. A doctor should monitor the effect on bone maturation by evaluating bone age of the hand and wrist semiannually. It’s possible that children taking androgen therapy could experience accelerated bone maturation without any linear growth which could result in compromised adult height. In general the younger the child the more probable the risk of adversely affecting the final mature grown-up height.
Side Effects of Depo-Testosterone Use
The most common side effects of Depo®-Testosterone include headache, mood changes, anxiety, and pain or swelling at the injection site. You should seek emergency medical help if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, rash, or swollen throat. Call your doctor if you experience any of these less common but more serious side effects which may include:
- High blood pressure
- Enlarged or sore breasts
- Problems with Urination
- Abdominal pain
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Pale stools
NOTE: It’s very possible that you or others may experience side effects other than the ones listed above. If you notice any sign or symptom that worries you while taking Depo®-Testosterone, do not hesitate to call and check with your doctor.
How does Depo-testosterone work?
The main ingredient in this drug belongs to a class of medications known as androgens. This medication is designed to help restore testosterone levels in men with conditions caused by Low T levels. Depo-testosterone works by replacing the male hormone that is missing from the body.
What is the normal dose of testosterone that is prescribed to most men?
The usual adult dose of Depo-testosterone in men is about 200 mg about twice a month up to the maximum dosage of 400 mg per month. Your doctor or health care provider will administer the shot in the gluteal muscle. There are many factors that can affect the dosage a person needs for instance bodyweight, other medications, and medical conditions to name a few.
What types of things will the doctor be monitoring while their patients are actively taking Depo-Testosterone?
It’s likely that your doctor will recommend that you have regular blood tests in order to make sure that the medication is working as it should and to check for side effects. It must be noted that testosterone therapy may interfere with a number of other laboratory tests.
In what cases should someone avoid testosterone replacement therapy?
Androgen replacement therapy is not recommend for patients with breast or prostate cancer, hyperviscosity, erythrocytosis, unexplained PSA evaluation, obstructive sleep apnea, or severe heart failure. Really only your doctor or physician can answer this question for you, though you should generally not take testosterone therapy if you have any of the above listed conditions.
Testosterone Therapy Lawsuits
Our androgen litigation therapy lawyers believe that the drug companies have rebranded hypogonadism as simply “Low T” in an effort to encourage men to self-diagnose. Since 2001 the number of people using testosterone enhancing drugs had tripled. These hormone replacement drugs have become some of the most popular out of all the prescribed drugs in the world. The large drug companies have shown ads that imply the drugs can increase libido, improve mood, and boost energy. The problem is that many of these same companies failed to adequately make known the cardiovascular risks associated with testosterone.
If you or a loved one were prescribed Depo®-Testosterone and experienced a heart attack or stroke, we believe that you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Give one of Harrell & Harrell’s testosterone therapy lawyers a call at 904-251-1111 or 1-800-251-1111. It’s our responsibility to hold the makers of these Low T drugs accountable on behalf of the ones who have suffered the most. Our testosterone therapy litigation lawyers can help document and quantify any and all damages associated with your injury claim. So again contact Harrell & Harrell today.