Androderm is a prescription medication used to treat adult males who have low levels or no testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism, or simply low T. It became FDA approved on September 29, 1995, and reintroduced with a stronger concentration in 2011. It delivers testosterone throughout the day via a skin patch, and is an alternative to testosterone injections or gels. Marketing campaigns have included “Think Beyond the Gel” and “The Patch is Where it’s At”, suggesting that the patch is safer and a better alternative to gel treatments.
Why is Testosterone Important?
Testosterone is a hormone that plays an important role in masculine growth and development. It regulates bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, sex drive, and production of red blood cells and sperm. Some medical experts assert that testosterone fights depression, although it is unclear if low T causes depression, or if depression causes low T. One study showed that men suffering from depression showed improvement in mood and other factors of depression after undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.
Why is Androderm Potentially Dangerous?
Androderm’s listed side effects include headaches, back pain, depression, problems breathing while sleeping, skin irritation, swellings of ankles, feet or body, enlarged or painful breasts, blood clots in the legs, increased urination at night and possible increased risk of prostate cancer. Although Androderm’s listed side effects don’t include an increase risk of heart attack, stroke, or death, the FDA announced on January 31, 2014 that it would be reviewing the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone therapies.
In September 2014, the FDA held an expert advisory panel that voted 20-1 to have testosterone drugs’ labels updated to indicate that testosterone has not been proven as appropriate to treat conditions associated with aging and the natural decrease in testosterone. This would limit the FDA’s approved uses of the drug to men who have low T due to disease, although physicians could still prescribe the drugs off-label for lifestyle reasons. The panelists also voted to require testosterone drug manufacturers to conduct further testing into the potential heart-related side effects of testosterone products.
Lawyers for Androderm Injuries
Estey Bomberger attorneys are reviewing potential Androderm lawsuits for men who were prescribed the testosterone patch and suffered a heart attack, stroke, blood clot or death. Compensation may be available to those who have suffered these side effects, or in the case of people who have died, family members may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
We provide free potential claim evaluations for Androderm patients throughout the United States. We understand that you may have many questions and are here to offer answers, information and advice. If you should choose to pursue a defective drug claim, we will help you recover the maximum available compensation for medical care expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages. All of our cases are handled under a contingency fee agreement, which states that we only are paid for our services if we are successful in recovery a settlement or verdict. Complete our online form or call us today to request a free consultation.