Is it really low testosterone or simply normal aging? Find out for sure before you take Low T drugs. A pharmaceutical company’s job is to sell its medications – bottom line. And some statistics suggest that manufacturers of drugs used to treat low testosterone levels in patients may be using trumped up symptoms to convince patients they need those products. Statistics show that the number of testosterone prescriptions given to men has tripled nationwide since 2001, yet clinical cases of Low T remain relatively rare. Also called “male menopause,” Low T affects just two percent of men over age 40, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Figures from similar studies show that five percent of men of all ages, and 20 percent of men age 70 and older, suffer from Low T. But the primary symptoms of Low T also just happen to be common effects of simply aging. These include decreased sex drive, fatigue, muscle loss and feelings of depression. It’s suspected that less scrupulous pharmaceutical companies and sales reps may be pushing these simple signs of aging as red-flag indicators of Low T. That suspicion is particularly troublesome considering that side effects of Low T drugs can include stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and even death.
If you believe that you’ve suffered side effects of a Low T medication that was needlessly prescribed, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical and related financial losses. Contact an experienced personal injury or dangerous drugs attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell at 800-251-1111.