Use Prescription Testosterone Products? The FDA Has Issued New Warnings! by Dr. Shayna Mancuso

Men's Health
5 years ago
Use Prescription Testosterone Products? The FDA Has Issued New Warnings!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced revised labeling and warnings for prescription testosterone products and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS). Currently, the FDA has approved the use of prescription testosterone products for men with low levels of the hormone due to certain medical conditions. AAS are also FDA-approved to treat delayed puberty and conditions that cause muscle loss such as AIDS or cancer.

However, the agency reports that testosterone and other AAS are increasingly being abused by adolescents, athletes and body builders. This abuse (usually at higher doses than what is typically prescribed) may be associated with serious adverse outcomes such as:

  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • stroke
  • depression
  • liver toxicity
  • male infertility

The new labeling will raise awareness to the abuse potential of testosterone and AAS and the associated health risks. You can read more about the FDA statement here. Find out more about testosterone supplementation here.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Thanks for bringing up this topic of potential for abuse (esp by young male athletes looking to enhance athletic performance) of what would seemingly appear to be a benign male hormone. Less may be more!
I can see this being tempting for young men & adolescents. It's always important to be armed with information to prevent abuse!

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