The officials from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recently issued another warning regarding the testosterone medications which are widely popular across the country.
The agency has previously taken active measures to control the prescription of a broad array of drugs, and it seems like the time has come to tackle testosterone drugs as well. It is worth mentioning that over the past decade, many American adults have started to rely on this type of medication.
The FDA warns drugmakers that these products should be prescribed as a viable treatment only to men suffering from medical conditions. Also, healthy people who take these drugs have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
From 2009 to 2013, a 75 percent increase has been recorded among men who took low testosterone drugs. Furthermore, around 25 percent of them didn’t take a blood test to find out whether their testosterone levels were low.
According to the FDA experts, supplemental testosterone abuse can lead to severe consequences such as infertility, personality changes, and heart attacks. In other words, besides the reproductive organs, this abuse can affect both the consumer’s heart and mental health.
That is why all testosterone products released by prescription will be thoroughly revised until they receive approval to return to drugs stores and pharmacies. Many adults across the United States are currently using injections, gels, and testosterone pills hoping to increase their libido or muscles.
Some synthetic testosterone drugs such as anabolic steroids are usually prescribed to tackle some medical conditions including delayed puberty or diseases which lead to muscle loss like AIDS or cancer.
However, these synthetic variations are also used by healthy men including body builders and athletes to boost their physical shape. According to the agency, this abuse might have a severe impact on the endocrine system, mental health, liver, brain, and the heart.
More precisely, these drugs can cause a wide variety of conditions such as male infertility, liver toxicity, aggression, hostility, depression, stroke, heart failure, and heart attack, which means that men should think twice before relying on such life-threatening medications.
Taken in high doses, these drugs will also lead to other symptoms including insomnia and loss of appetite. Based on the latest reports, testosterone drugs are part of an industry worth $2 billion.
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