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FDA investigating testosterone safety

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Last December I wrote that despite the barrage of TV ads touting testosterone supplements as the antidote to aging for men. studies were suggesting that in fact, taking testosterone for many men increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and death.

Ironically the first response to this research has been a barrage of new ads - this time from lawyers anxious to cash in on the potential dangerous side effects. A typical pitch goes something like “if you or your loved one has taken testosterone and suffered a stroke, heart attack, blood clot or even death, call 1-800.....”

Finally, prompted by the publication of these recent studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that “Healthcare professionals should consider whether the benefits of FDA-approved testosterone treatment is likely to exceed the potential risks of treatment....We urge healthcare professionals and patients to report side effects involving prescription testosterone products in the FDA MedWatch program.”

The FDA says it is currently investigating the potential safety of testosterone therapy and has not reached any final conclusions.

Bottom line: In the meantime, patients are urged to speak with their physicians before starting or discontinuing any testosterone treatment programs .

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