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What are the risks of testosterone therapy?

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Testosterone replacement therapy side effects most often include rash, itching, or irritation at the site where the testosterone is applied.

However, there is also evidence of an increased risk of heart attack or stroke associated with testosterone use. Experts emphasize that the benefits and risks of long-term testosterone therapy are unknown, because large clinical trials haven't yet been done.

SOURCES:

Drugs.com: "Androderm Side Effects."

Swerdloff, R. , 2000. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Striant.com.

Wilson, J. , 1980. American Journal of Medicine

Bhasin, S. , 2006. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Drugs.com: "Androderm Side Effects."

Swerdloff, R. , 2000. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Striant.com.

Wilson, J. , 1980. American Journal of Medicine

Bhasin, S. , 2006. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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