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Consumer Reports: Oversold Testosterone Treatments

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Two years ago drugmakers spent 14-million dollars promoting prescription testosterone. 

Last year they spent 100-million dollars. And sales are soaring, topping two billion 
dollars in 2012. But Consumer Reports says most men don't need testosterone 
treatments.

Even if you're worried about erectile dysfunction, treatment with testosterone usually 
isn't the answer. Erectile dysfunction almost always stems from other problems: 
reduced blood flow, emotional problems, or a drug side effect.

And using testosterone treatments, which can cost $400 a month or more, has 
serious risks. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that men using 
one testosterone gel, Testim 1%, for six months had more heart attacks and other 
cardiovascular events.

Testosterone treatments can have serious side effects, including worsening of enlarged 
prostate, possible increased risk of prostate cancer, enlarged breasts, sleep apnea, 
blood clots in the legs, and for younger men, lower fertility. 

Consumer Reports' medical experts say starting testosterone is a big deal. It should 
only be done after a long and careful conversation between doctor and patient. And 
there's another caution: family members being accidentally exposed to testosterone gels. 


The hormone can cause women to develop male characteristics and children to enter 
an early puberty.

 

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