A recent study reinforces the previous notion that
testosterone drugs are linked to an increased risk of a heart attack. The study draws even
greater focus to existing concerns about men being prescribed testosterone
drugs simply to treat a common part of aging, placing them at elevated
risks of dangerous side effects from testosterone therapy.
New York Times Notes Significant Risks of Testosterone Therapy, Men Unnecessarily at Risk
Based on a story released by the
New York Times, such testosterone therapy prescriptions could have lifelong repercussions.
The Times also reported that between 2001 and 2011, the amount of men
over the age of 40 using the hormone nearly quadrupled. At the end of
that timeframe, nearly 1 in 25 men in their 60s was taking testosterone.
A study published in
PLOS One examined the rate of severe, non-fatal heart attacks in patients during
the first 90 days following a regimen of testosterone therapy and compared
it against the rate in the first year following therapy. They also compared
the rates of heart attack incidents with men who were prescribed a different
medication altogether. Researchers discovered that for men ages 65 and
up there is double the risk of having a heart attack within 90 days of
filling their initial prescription. In comparison, younger men with a
history of heart disease experienced an increased risk by two to three
times in the initial 90 days.
However, further concerns can extend well beyond those 90 days. Some men
are not able to stop this form of therapy because their body’s stop
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced at the end of January
that it was in the process of conducting an active investigation into
the risks. The agency noted that it has been monitoring the risk for some
time now and decided to reevaluate the matter based on two newer, separate
studies that reinforced a potential link between testosterone therapy
and an increased risk of heart problems. The FDA wrote:
“Testosterone products are FDA-approved only for use in men who lack
or have low testosterone levels in conjunction with an associated medical
What is Testosterone Therapy?
testosterone is a sex hormone produced by the gonads. It is also produced in small
amounts in woman’s ovaries and in the adrenal system. Some medical
conditions or changes in the body may result in a decreased production
of testosterone, leading to a range of possible health issues. Doctors
will often prescribe drugs designed to increase the body’s production
of testosterone, which may also consist of treatments and prescriptions
that introduce testosterone into the body directly.
Testosterone replacement therapy is used in men and boys to treat a number
of medical conditions caused by a lack of the hormone, such as delayed
puberty, impotence, or other hormonal imbalances. It is also used in women
to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
Testosterone medications are administered using a transdermal gel or patch,
or by injection. Below is a list of a several commonly prescribed testosterone
- Depandro 100
- Testosterone Cypionate
- Testosterone Enanthate