“Feel Better,” But at What Risk? On the Flaws Behind Testosterone Supplements’ So-Called Fountain of Youth
The FDA has not approved testosterone for increasing energy, mood or weight loss. Instead, according to a recent FDA guideline, the FDA only approves testosterone supplementation for “men who lack or have low testosterone levels in conjunction with an associated medical condition.” However, the FDA does not regulate how doctors prescribe or practice medicine — meaning doctors are free to prescribe drugs as they see fit. Here’s the key issue: Some doctors do believe that testosterone can be a good treatment option for older men to increase their energy levels, and so they prescribe testosterone. Yet the reason why they may believe testosterone is a good option is not because of reputable studies, science or other good-medicine tactics. Instead, it may have more to do with why everyday folks think testosterone supplements may help increase mood, energy or encourage weight loss: Because of the late-night ads and the online quizzes.
Yet, at the same time, many of our testosterone lawsuit clients say that testosterone made them “feel better” — that was, until the heart attack, stroke or blood clot.
So what is it? According to Andrea Fischer, a spokeswoman for the FDA, who spoke with The New York Times: “None of the testosterone products have indications for weight loss, increasing energy or improving mood.” We need more reputable studies performed outside of the testosterone supplement industry to know for sure.
But, no matter what testosterone supplements do or don’t do for weight loss, improved mood or energy, the real issue here is: At what cost?
If you are taking or thinking about taking a testosterone supplement for the off-label purpose of increasing your mood, gaining energy or encouraging weight loss, ask yourself: Am I willing to take the risk? And: Are there other alternatives? Could you exercise more, improve your diet, make stress reduction and a healthy sleeping schedule priorities? These alternatives have been shown to increase mood, energy and encourage weight loss and, instead of coming with a risk for adverse heart events as reported in recent studies noted by the FDA, they may prevent adverse heart events, too.
Unfortunately it may be too late for some to ask this question. If you or someone you know took testosterone therapy and suffered a heart attack, stroke or blood clots please contact one of our lawyers at Baron and Budd at 866-520-2755 or email us here to find out if you can participate in a testosterone therapy lawsuit.