update Couple Blames Low Testosterone Therapy For Husband’s Stroke

A Philadelphia couple is blaming low testosterone therapy for health problems that occurred after the man used AndroGel for two years as prescribed by his doctor.

Husband Claims He Wasn’t Aware of Serious Risks

Ed and Kathy Downes’ story was part of a local CBS News broadcast on April 25, 2014. Ed began using AndoGel, a prescription low testosterone therapy treatment when he was in his late 40s. Other than taking medication for high blood pressure and attention deficit disorder, Mr. Downes was deemed healthy enough for “Low T” treatment with AndroGel, which is considered a “blockbuster” treatment for the disorder.  Mr. Downes claimed the drug provided him with increased energy and greater muscle mass, but after two years, he suffered a debilitating stroke.

Mr. Downes now walks with assistance from a cane, and suffers from partial paralysis, chronic pain and fatigue, and shortness of breath. He is no longer able to work, and his wife claims she “can’t count on him to do a lot like he used to.” The couple is now being represented by a personal injury lawyer, and is planning to sue AbbVie, Inc., the manufacturer of the drug. They claim that had they known about the possibility of such severe adverse side effects, Mr, Downes never would have sought treatment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently looking into the safety of low testosterone therapy, after it has been linked to an increase in heart attacks and strokes in men over 50 who use drugs like AndroGel. Some doctors believe that low testosterone therapy can be appropriate for certain patients and the current safety labeling does warn about certain side effects. But, with millions of prescriptions being written, the occurrence of life-threatening side effects has been increasing.

The FDA is not telling “Low T” patients to stop using AdroGel and other drugs, and recommends that patients talk to their doctors about their concerns. Ed and Kathy Downes wish they were better warned about the potential risks.

You Have a Right to Seek Compensation For Low T Injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other adverse side effect while undergoing treatment for “Low T,” you have rights as a consumer. Personal injury law firms are now evaluating claims alleging injuries caused by AndroGel, and other prescription medications meant to treat low testosterone. If you feel you have cause to sue the manufacturer of one of these drugs for compensation for injuries and medical expenses, talk to a qualified personal injury lawyer immediately.


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