Testosterone replacement drugs are ubiquitous. It is hard to sit through an afternoon of TV without hearing a commercial for a drug that helps men fight “Low T” or “Low Testosterone.” We are seeing even more commercials now. These new commercials are from lawyers talking about testosterone replacement lawsuits.
The Passion for Testosterone
Getting older, I can testify, is not fun. We are easy prey to the lure of testosterone supplements. These drugs promise to inject, if you will, a sense of youthful vigor back into both the physicality and sexuality of men. It is, as the commercials say, for energy and libido, among other things.
These advertisements, which market familiar brands such as AndroGel, Androderm Testim and Axiron, have been extremely effective. Accordingly, the use of these drugs has exploded in the last few years, with nearly $2 billion in sales in 2012 alone. In fact, over 5.3 million prescriptions were written for these drugs in 2011. At present, nearly 4% of men over 60 are taking a testosterone booster. Men cite the fact that these drugs are effective in treating bone density issues and muscle mass deficiency, as well as with sexual performance But are they aware that these drugs may cause heart attacks? Continue reading →