Pharmaceutical companies that have produced drugs to treat low testosterone, or “Low T,” may be presenting the condition as more common than it is to increase sales. Common effects of aging, including slowing down and decreased sex drive, are used as primary symptoms of Low T in advertising for low testosterone drugs such as AndroGel and Fortesta.
The number of testosterone prescriptions given to men has tripled since 2001, though clinical cases of Low T are relatively uncommon. Natural lifestyle changes such as losing weight and eating healthier have been found to counteract effects of aging that may resemble low testosterone.
Low T drugs such as AndroGel and Fortesta increase testosterone levels in men, which can lead to severe side effects. Side effects of Low T drugs include heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and even death.