Dallas Testim Attorney

If you use Auxilium’s Testim testosterone gel treatment for hormone therapy, you may not be aware that you could be at risk for cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke.

Testim is the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, a prescription drug typically used as a topical gel to increase testosterone levels in men over age 18 who have low levels of the hormone. As with any other prescription drug, side effects and complications are possible.

Some complications are more serious than the manufacturer warns. 

  • Heart attack.
  • Stroke.
  • Pulmonary embolism.
  • and, even death.

If harmed, call a Testim attorney in Dallas for help.

Auxilium’s List of Side Effects

Auxilium has conducted research and listed the potential side effects of Testim as required by law. The following warnings are provided by Auxilium. 

  • Irritation at the place of application.
  • Increased red blood cells.
  • Worsening benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
  • The potential risk of prostate cancer.
  • Venous thromboembolic events (this could include deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism).
  • Edema.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Changes in serum lipid profiles.
  • Decreased thyroxine-binding globulin.

The list of common side effects listed by Auxilium does not include the risk for heart attack, stroke, or death, however. The FDA is investigating the risk of these cardiovascular events among men who use low-T drugs. Some recent studies indicate that men may be at higher risk for cardiac episodes while taking these drugs.

One of the studies was published in 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the other in 2014 in the journal PLOS One. The former found a higher rate of heart attack, stroke, and all-cause mortality among men who have low testosterone and who underwent coronary angiography. The latter found a higher risk of a heart attack in younger men with heart disease and older men after starting low-T therapy.

Auxilium and other similar manufacturers have not added the risk of cardiovascular illness to the potential side effects of Testim or other drugs. Speak with a Testim lawyer in Dallas if you suffered harm because of the drug.

What does the FDA say about Testim?

Although the FDA has issued no conclusive statements regarding Testim and cardiovascular risk, there is speculation that the FDA may require additional warnings added to the Testim labeling and packaging inserts, as well as that of other low-T drugs. The FDA is still considering the studies as of August 2014.

At this time, it is suggested that physicians prescribing Testim should consider the risks vs. the benefits of the drug prior to recommending it to patients. Patients are also encouraged to educate themselves about the potential side effects of the drug.

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