Critics are drawing comparisons between testosterone boosters and women’s hormone replacement therapy, which was found to cause more harm than good. Testosterone boosters used to treat low testosterone, or “Low T,” have skyrocketed in sales over the past several years.
In a 2002 study proving the negative effects of hormone replacement therapy caused drug sales to plummet and attitudes to change vastly. New studies linking testosterone boosters to heart attacks and stroke may have similar ramifications, as drug companies increase advertising aimed at convincing men they might need testosterone.
Drugs such as AndroGel and Androderm could potentially have an increased risk for testosterone booster side effects, including heart attacks and stroke. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients who used Low T drugs were 30% more likely to suffer from a potentially fatal heart attack over a three year period than patients who did not use testosterone.