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New Reports Show An Increased Risk of DVT in Yaz Users

March 05, 2014

A report has recently been released that examines the connection between the synthetic hormones in the birth control medication YAZ, to a substantial increase in the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a type of blood clot which can be a life-threatening event. While it was previously known that these drugs carried some risk of deep vein thrombosis, new research has shown that the danger is much higher than was initially believed.

Blood clots that form as a result of YAZ can be extremely serious and can even be fatal. Clots  that form in the arms or legs can break loose and end up in the lungs or in the brain, putting  patients in serious danger. Pulmonary embolisms can occur if blood clot breach the lungs, and clots that move to the brain can cause strokes, and are often deadly. If a clot becomes stuck in a coronary artery, a heart attack soon follows.

At this time, the FDA has not removed YAZ from the market. The committee overseeing YAZ's availability to patients recommended keeping YAZ on the market. Lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the maker of YAZ, alleging women suffered heart attacks, strokes, DVT, and other serious health problems after using YAZ. Bayer has settled some of those lawsuits.

Victims of YAZ and other drugs of this category may still have time to seek financial compensation for the injuries they have suffered. But there are time limits with these types of injuries, so you should talk with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

Lipitor Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

March 04, 2014

Lipitor is a popular brand name drug owned by a pharmaceutical company known as Pfizer and was developed for purposes of treating people with high cholesterol levels.

Lipitor was approved by the FDA in 1996 and has since been directly linked to an increased risk of causing type 2 diabetes in women taking the drug.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes while taking or having taken the drug Lipitor in the past, then you may be eligible to file a Lipitor lawsuit, but first you should consider three things….

If you are currently taking Lipitor, discuss this information with your doctor. Do not ever stop taking any medication until you have discussed the risks and benefits with your health care provider.

Before engaging a lawyer to represent you in a lawsuit against Pfizer, ensure that they have adequate experience in handling medical lawsuits. Even better would be to hire a lawyer who specifically deals with medical cases.

You should only hire an attorney that works on a contingency basis. Meaning if they don’t win, you don’t pay. And you should never have to pay up front – only after you win your case.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiFEdW7OtmU

For more information about the dangerous side effects of Lipitor, please visit the FDA’s website.

Low T: Boost Your Testosterone Naturally

February 24, 2014

If you feel like you suffer from Low T, but you are worried about the adverse effects of over-prescribed testosterone treatments, there are several natural ways to help boost your testosterone levels.

Don’t be a Couch Potato.  When you’re physically active, your brain sends out a signal for more testosterone.  Go on a walk for a few minutes each day, or work with a trainer to help build your strength without injury.  Don’t go overboard! Extreme amounts of exercise can have adverse effects. 

Keep a Healthy Weight.  Men who are overweight or obese commonly have low testosterone levels.  Likewise, being underweight can have a negative effect on the hormone.  Keeping your weight at a healthy level can boost your testosterone.

Get your ZZZs.  A lack of sleep can have a large impact on your hormone levels.  It’s important to make sleep a priority and aim for 7 to 8 hours per night.

Calm Down!  If you feel like you are under constant stress, chances are your testosterone levels have are being affected.  When your body produces the stress hormone cortisol, it is less able to create testosterone.  If work is overwhelming you, try cutting down to a 10 hour (or less) workday.  Spend a couple of hours a day doing something you enjoy.  Reading a book or playing music could help you take control of your stress.

Hughes and Coleman wants you to lead a healthy lifestyle and stay informed of all of your options.  Physicians and drug manufacturers may be more concerned about selling you a drug than providing you with healthier, natural solutions.   If you feel like you were harmed by unnecessary testosterone treatments, an experienced injury lawyer can help.

“Low T”: Testosterone Treatment Studies

February 21, 2014

Two recent studies investigated the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in men taking testosterone products. The original investigation was performed in November 2013, and appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  This study concluded that the use of testosterone therapy was associated with increased risk of adverse outcomes. 

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1764051

A more recent study, published in PLOS One, led to an investigation by the FDA on January 31, 2014.  The study found that men, age 65 and older, have twice the risk of suffering from a heart attack when using testosterone therapy.  It also found that younger men with a history of heart disease are three times as likely to suffer from a heart attack.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0085805

The FDA is continuing to evaluate the information from these studies and other available data.  They have provided an alert until the evaluation is complete.

 

 

“Low T” Campaign: Have You Been Targeted?

February 20, 2014

If you are a middle-aged man worried about weight, muscle tone, energy levels, mood and sexual satisfaction, you have been targeted by “Low T” campaigns encouraging testosterone therapy.   These campaigns imply that treatment will help men become thinner, more muscular, more energetic, less grumpy, and more sexually satisfied.  As a result of this massive marketing push, a multitude of men have been persuaded to try testosterone therapy, in an effort to fight the signs of aging.  Since the start of these campaigns, testosterone sales have risen more than 1,800%. 

Testosterone drugs were originally developed for a more selective use.  It was strictly given to men with a reduced ability to produce testosterone because of things such as chemotherapy, trauma, genetic abnormalities or undescended testicles.  For these men who have a severe hormone deficiency from a medical problem, testosterone replacement is a major advance.  However, for aging men targeted by the massive “Low T” marketing campaign, testosterone treatment may be extremely harmful to your health.  Two recent studies have led the FDA to investigate the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in men taking testosterone products.  

It is important to stay informed and aware of the possible side effects of testosterone treatment.  Drug manufacturers may use clever marketing strategies to sell you a product that could possibly do you more harm than good.