Renowned Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steven Nissen, MD is advising men to stop taking medication to treat low testosterone (low-T) caused by aging.
In his recent article, “Why Your Low-T Medications May Not Be Safe,” Nissen warns men looking to counteract the effects of aging not to start taking low-T medications, and he suggests current users discontinue use.
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recently recommended that doctors limit the use of testosterone drugs to men diagnosed with low-T as a result of a medical condition, such as pituitary or testicular disease.
The panel’s recommendations would exclude millions of men who are taking low-T drugs to treat low testosterone levels caused by aging.
The FDA panel also recommends that low-t drug makers explore possible testosterone-related heart attack and stroke risks. A 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study suggested that men taking testosterone had an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Nissen recommends that men taking testosterone drugs talk to their doctor to determine whether it is medically necessary. He discourages men from relying on it to feel or look younger, as they may be putting their health at risk.
A number of men who suffered a heart attack or stroke while taking low-T drugs have filed testosterone lawsuits. Men who want to take legal action after suffering a testosterone heart attack or stroke are urged to contact a testosterone lawyer to discuss their legal rights.
Greg Spizer is a partner of Anapol Weiss and co-chairs the firm's Mass Tort Department. He concentrates his practice on pharmaceutical liability, professional malpractice, products liability and other civil and commercial litigation.