Articles Posted in Testosterone therapy

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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published a large series of studies that primarily involved the risks and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy.  A recent article from Star-Telegram examined the results of these and discussed what they mean to those who are considering taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drugs, or have already begun taking them and are worried about possible adverse effects and complications.

syringeThe first thing to understand is that while hundreds of thousands of men are taking testosterone replacement therapy drugs every year, the medication was first developed in the 1960’s to treat a relatively rare medical condition known as hypogonadism.  This condition involved extremely low levels of testosterone in men due a glandular defect and would affect normal development.   Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from KXAN, one of the side effects of using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drugs is that it has been shown to lower a patient’s sperm count.  This reported side effect has been especially pronounced with topical testosterone creams.

sadWith testosterone replacement therapy becoming such a big business, there are a variety of competing products on the market, and these products come in many forms.  There are oral medications, a film that is placed under the tongue, a stick deodorant, injectable testosterone and of course topical skin gels and creams. Continue reading

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A federal judge in Illinois is overseeing a multi-district litigation action against the maker of testosterone replacement therapy drugs, with plaintiffs alleging the treatment caused them to suffer heart ailments. The litigation has been ongoing for some time – and is still not at the trial phase. doctor

The MDL represents hundreds of men who say they were harmed by the company’s failure to warn of this possible risk.

Now, the judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a ruling that will work to plaintiffs’ advantage at future trials. The judge ruled that plaintiffs’ expert medical witness, a doctor who penned the rebuttal report for plaintiffs’ steering committee, only be allowed to submit a portion of that report. The San Jose State University professor authored a report in October, which included citations of a number of cross-studies. Defendant argued there should be a limitation on how many of those studies the expert witness could use in his report.  Continue reading

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A recent news article from the Wisconsin State Journal takes a closer look at the dangers associated with taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drugs. With the amount of advertising produced and purchased by the drug companies that make TRT drugs, many think that taking testosterone can only help and can’t hurt them.  This could not be farther from the truth.

white pillsA doctor featured in this article said a patient came into his office requesting the doctor order a blood test to check his testosterone levels.  This patient was around 30 years old.  Low testosterone is not normally an issue seen in a man that young unless he has the relatively rare disorder known as hypogonadism. Continue reading

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There is a good chance that most men who are 40 years of age or older have been told about the benefits of taking testosterone replacement therapy. They did not likely hear this from a doctor, but rather from the many TV commercials during sporting events, Internet pop-ups and magazine advertisements.

syringeIn fact, you probably did not hear about the benefits of testosterone hormone from your doctor unless you are over 70 years of age, because doctors are not sure what it means to have low testosterone. While this may sound strange, there is not even a medically approved consensus on what a normal testosterone level is. Continue reading

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A recent article from INSC Magazine analyzes testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drugs and what has happened with them over the last couple of decades. This is important because most of the information men get about the testosterone replacement hormone products comes commercials and magazine advertisements. Much of this promotional material seriously downplays the very real risks associated with taking testosterone hormone in an attempt to reverse the normal signs of male aging.

surgeryAs the article notes, very much is still misunderstood about what it means to have a low testosterone level and whether men who have these lower than average testosterone levels should be taking testosterone replacement therapy products.  The reason we are using the term products here is because that is what they really are.  The drug companies have manufactured testosterone replacement therapy drugs in many forms, such as pills, injections, sublingual films, stick deodorant, skin creams, hand gels and many more market-driven drug delivery devices. Continue reading

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There is a pretty excellent chance that if you are a man between the ages of 40 and 70, you have probably been told by many commercials about the benefits of going on testosterone replacement therapy hormone. You may not have heard of it from your doctor, because most doctors do not appear convinced about the necessity or efficacy of testosterone therapy.  It is the drug companies and so-called T clinics that are pushing the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) hormone.

sadThe reason drug companies and TRT clinics are pushing testosterone hormone is fairly simple in that it is making them a lot of money.  They are also doing an excellent job of convincing men who are gaining weight, getting tired, losing muscle tone, and having a loss of libido, that these can all be problems of the past if they take testosterone replacement hormone drugs. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from the Roanoke Times, doctors are concerned about the efficacy, safety, necessity and side effects of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drugs for many of the men who take them.

sadFirst it should be noted that testosterone replacement therapy has become big business over the past decade, and the hormone is available in many forms, including, but not limited to, hand gels, creams, oral tablets, injections, films placed under the tongue, and even deodorant.  This article involves a woman whose husband takes testosterone hormone in the form of a skin gel, and she is worried that not only isn’t the drug helping her husband, but also it puts him in a bad mood all the time.  A doctor consulted for this article discusses how this could be happening and discusses other issues with taking testosterone replacement therapy drugs. Continue reading

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A recent news article from Fox News Health discusses several factors they believe every man should know before he decides to take testosterone replacement therapy hormone. The article begins with the story of one patient to who went to his doctor complaining of what doctors generally consider the normal symptoms of the male aging process.

woman in hospitalThis patient was having trouble getting and maintaining an erection, and this was causing him understandable frustration.  In fact, this is one of the main focuses of the abundance of testosterone replacement ads put in magazines and on television by the pharmaceutical industry. Continue reading

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According to a recent article from Science Daily, a 12-week exercise program has been shown to significantly increase testosterone levels in men who are obese or overweight.  Those who exercised more vigorously showed an even higher percentage in testosterone level increase than those who only exercised modestly during that 12-month period. These results are based on a study that was presented at the Biology of Exercise 7 meeting in Arizona.

greenpillsThis is good news, though it might not be welcomed news to the drug companies that make testosterone replacement hormone drugs.  As we are told on the many commercials and magazine ads, men will experience lower testosterone or “T” levels, as they have coined, as they get older.  This is part of the normal male aging process, and the “symptoms” of normal male aging are gaining weight, loss of libido, fatigue, mild depression, loss of muscle tone, and other similar similar symptoms. Continue reading