Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which blood clots grow deep inside the body (usually the legs), is a potential side effect of Testim. If you were not aware of this risk before starting Testim, you are not alone.
Testim and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Testim is a gel product that is used to treat men with hypogonadism (low testosterone). According to the Prescribing Information, Testim can potentially cause blood clots in the legs. This condition, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is relatively common but dangerous.
The problem is that testosterone can stimulate the production of more red blood cells (platelets) in the bloodstream. This can thicken the blood and increase blood pressure, which may increase your risk of developing blood clots in the legs. DVT may be even more common in men who have genetic risk-factors for blood clotting (such as Factor V Leiden), which is why it is a good idea to get a blood test before starting Testim.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Information
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) grows in a vein located deep inside a muscle in your body. If you develop symptoms of DVT, contact a doctor immediately.
Symptoms of DVT
DVT does not produce any symptoms in about half of cases. When symptoms do appear, they may include:
- Swelling in the leg, ankle, foot, or arm
- Pain or tenderness in the leg — may only happen when you walk
- Warmth over the blood clot
- Changes in skin color — usually redness
Most cases of DVT not life-threatening, but DVT is dangerous. Blood clots can grow very large and cause permanent circulatory problems (a complication called post-thrombotic syndrome). The most serious complication of DVT is a pulmonary embolism, which occurs when blood clots in the legs travel to the heart and get trapped in the lungs.