According to recent studies, men who use Androderm (testosterone patch) are 30% more likely to have a heart attack — and the risk may be even higher for older men and those with heart disease. Now, drug-makers are facing a growing number of lawsuits from men who allege that Androderm was aggressively promoted for “Low T” without adequate warnings about heart attack risks.
Androderm Heart Attack
Actavis, Inc. manufactures Androderm, a patch that delivers testosterone through the skin. Testosterone is known to increase the risk of blood clots by increasing the number of red blood cells, thickening the blood, and elevating blood pressure. If these blood clots get trapped in coronary arteries, they can potentially cause a deadly heart attack.
Research Linking Testosterone and Heart Attack Risk
- New England Journal of Medicine (2010) — Study halted after older men with limited mobility on testosterone have 500% more heart attacks than men not on testosterone.
- JAMA (2013) — Men on testosterone have 30% more heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in first 90 days of treatment than men not on testosterone.
- PLOS ONE (2014) — Men over 65 on testosterone have 2X as many heart attacks. Men under 65 with heart disease have 3X as many heart attacks.
FDA Requires Warnings About Androderm Heart Attack Risk
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA has required warning about the possible increased risk of heart attacks on the label for all testosterone replacement products, inc. The FDA cautions that Androderm is not approved or recommended for the treatment of “Low T” associated with aging. They are also requiring new clinical trials to assess the risk of heart attacks from Androderm. Click here to read more.
Patients using Androderm should seek medical attention immediately if symptoms of a heart attack or stroke are present, such as:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Weakness in one part or one side of the body
- Slurred speech
What is a Heart Attack?
Heart attack (myocardial infarction) is a medical emergency that occurs when coronary arteries (blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle) are blocked by a blood clot or fatty plaque deposit. Without blood, the heart muscle is starved of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to pump effectively. This damages the heart muscle. If the obstruction is cleared, many people survive heart attacks. However, if the heart muscle is severely damaged, it can cause heart failure and death.
What Are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack?
- Chest pain, tightness, squeezing, crushing, or discomfort
- Chest pain spreads to neck, back, arms, jaw, etc.
- Nausea, sometimes vomiting
- Loss of consciousness or dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Anxiety and feeling uneasy or unwell
- Skin is sweaty and clammy
- And more