Can Androderm cause strokes, heart attacks, or death?
Androderm was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 29, 1995 for the treatment of adult males who suffer from the medical condition hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a condition where the body produces no testosterone or very low amounts. The Androderm patch comes in different versions containing 2, 2.5, 4, or 5 mg of testosterone. The testosterone patch is applied to the stomach, arms, back, or thighs and testosterone enters the patient’s body through the skin’s absorption.
Androderm is a patch placed on the body and used to raise testosterone levels. Androderm is offered as an alternative to testosterone gels like AndroGel, roll-on low-T products like Axiron, and injection therapy. Androderm is designed to deliver testosterone continuously for up an entire day.
What are the side effects of Androderm testosterone patch?
Androderm’s listed side effects include:
- Increased urination at night,
- Blood clots in the legs,
- Possible increased risk of prostate cancer,
- Enlarged or painful breasts,
- Swelling of ankles, feet, or body, with or without heart failure
- Problems breathing while sleeping (sleep apnea)
- Skin irritation, redness, burning, blisters
- Back pain
Androderm’s listed side effects do not include an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, or death. Recent studies have linked low-T drugs like Androderm with these serious health problems.
A large 2010 study of testosterone was terminated because patients taking testosterone therapy were five times more likely to suffer a serious heart event. A 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association associated testosterone therapy with an increased risk of adverse outcomes compared with those who did not get testosterone therapy. A 2014 NIH-funded study found that the risk of heart attacks after using testosterone drugs was twice as high in men 65 and older and almost three times as high in men younger than 65 with prior heart problems.
In response to the two most recent medical studies, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it is investigating low testosterone products and a potential increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
If I suffered side effects while taking Androderm, what should I do?
First, discuss the health problems with your doctor and address any questions or concerns you may have about Androderm. Then, contact our team of legal professionals. We are currently accepting Androderm claims for compensation. Because time limits applying to filing claims, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible. All initial inquires to The Cochran Firm, D.C. are free, confidential, and carry no obligation.
Androderm lawsuits have already been filed (not represented by The Cochran Firm, D.C.) and we are actively investigating legal issues related to this testosterone patch.