Testosterone-boosting medications taken by a large number of American men have never been determined to be safe or viable for treating maturing related issues, for example, low sex drive and fatigue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
On Tuesday, the office likewise said that the medications can expand the danger of heart attack and told manufacturers that they must add caution labels on the items, the Associated Press reported.
A similar cautioning about testosterone medications was issued the previous summer by Canadian health authorities.
The agency additionally told drug companies must elucidate that the medications are just endorsed to treat low testosterone levels brought about by injury or sickness.
For a considerable length of time, testosterone pills, patches, gels and infusions have been showcased as medications for low testosterone levels, and offers of the medications have climbed to more than $2 billion.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, told the AP “There’s been a very successful advertising campaign to make men feel that whatever their problem is, the answer is to buy more testosterone.”
Last February, the group requested for the FDA to have testosterone medications have a boxed cautioning – the most genuine sort – about heart dangers; however the FDA said there was “insufficient evidence” for such a cautioning and rejected the request.
The FDA initiated a safety review of testosterone medications in January 2014 after two government studies connected them with higher rates of serious issues, for example, heart attack and stroke. Nonetheless, different studies have indicated a connection between testosterone replacement and life span, according to the AP.
Men’s testosterone levels characteristically diminish after age 40, yet there is contradiction on whether this really causes issues, for example, lower bone density and less vitality.
However the best thing to do is always ask your doctor’s advice in order to get the full benefit of the drug without the deadly side effects.