The Food and Drug Administration says there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of American men are valuable, though the bureau is, in addition, not convinced by studies suggesting the hormone carries serious risks. The group said it is especially important for guys who have had a heart attack, stroke or other heart-related event http://tinyurl.com/zj86oxg
in the previous six months to avert testosterone therapy
. On the other hand, testosterone treatment is safe and effective for treating young men with hypogonadism (testosterone deficiency) that resulted from a disease of the testes, pituitary or hypothalamus. Having too much body fat affects your hormone balance of estrogen/ testosterone and estradiol.
We are also demanding makers of testosterone products that are authorized to run a well-designed clinical trial to address the issue of whether an increased risk of stroke or heart attack exists among users of these items. We urge health care professionals and patients
to report side effects including testosterone products to the FDA MedWatch program, using the advice in the Contact FDA" carton at the bottom of the page.
Women and men in the USA have used testosterone treatment since the late 1930s, in many instances for more than 40 years - with just rare adverse effects. The number of women in the USA currently on testosterone therapy is estimated to be in the tens of thousands - miniscule compared with the millions prescribed oral estrogen-progestin regimens, like Provera and Premarin. With a growing recognition of the advantages of testosterone for women, those amounts http://tinyurl.com/zj86oxg
may grow, but it might still be some time before the treatment reaches the mainstream.
Before this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required producers of all approved testosterone products to add information on the labels to clarify the accepted uses of the drugs and contain information about potential increased risks of heart attacks and strokes in patients taking testosterone. But patients and physicians must weigh the benefits and risks of providing patients with testosterone supplementation based on the info supplied by the FDA and other research.