Low testosterone strikes men across the world. In fact, according to the Urology Care Foundation of the American Urological Association, low testosterone affects approximately 39 percent of men older than 45, and the prevalence increases with age.
Because low testosterone has become such a common problem, medications such as Fortesta gel have appeared that aim to solve this problem by raising the hormone levels in affected individuals.Fortesta is applied to the skin to help improve the levels of testosterone.
Unfortunately, while Fortesta may be useful in raising testosterone levels, it also may be associated with a variety of side effects that have recently come to light. Those who have developed serious side effects related to Fortesta should utilize the services of an attorney to help recover compensation to cover the damages they’ve suffered.
What side effects may be associated with Fortesta testosterone gel?
Like most drugs and medications, applying Fortesta puts users at risk of a variety of side effects about which the drug manufacturer warns. According to information provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), those applying Fortesta to their skin may experience problems with urination, including:
- increased urge to urinate throughout the night;
- difficulty starting to urinate;
- need to urinate at frequent periods throughout the day and night;
- urge to urinate immediately;
- accidental urination; or
- inability to urinate.
Additionally, those who use Fortesta may be at increased risk of developing prostate cancer. The FDA recommends regular checkups for prostate cancer and other prostate-related problems for those starting and already using Fortesta.
What Fortesta gel side effects may warrant legal action?
Unfortunately, there are some serious side effects of Fortesta of which the manufacturer does not warn and which may warrant taking legal action against the drug manufacturer.
Recent studies have found possible links between use of testosterone replacement products and increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events like heart attack. One study, published in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that among men enrolled in the VA health system and who underwent a coronary angiography and had low testosterone, those who used testosterone therapy had a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and all-cause mortality.
Another study published in January 2014 in PLOS ONE, found that younger men with heart disease and older men were at greater risk of heart attack after beginning testosterone therapy.
In order to file a claim related to adverse health effects of this medication, patients must have suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism or death within 30 days of administering the last Fortesta gel dosage. The FDA has even announced its plans to investigate the health risks associated with testosterone supplements and the possible link to these serious cardiovascular events.
Contact an Attorney in Dallas about a Fortesta Gel Lawsuit
Individuals who suffered adverse events they believe to be associated with Fortesta or other testosterone therapies may benefit from seeking the help of an attorney. An attorney can help evaluate the case and file a claim for damages in order to cover for the costs of further medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as any other damages associated with use of the drug.
If you have sustained side effects from Fortesta testosterone gel and wish to speak with an attorney in the Dallas area, contact Julie Johnson to begin the claims process. Call 214-290-8001 today or contact us online to set up a consultation.