In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would investigate the side effects of testosterone drugs. The FDA’s announcement came on the heels of a study that suggested that men who take testosterone drugs have an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke.
• Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side • Confusion or trouble understanding other people • Trouble speaking • Trouble seeing with one or both eyes • Trouble walking or staying balanced or coordinated • Dizziness • Severe headache that comes on for no known reason
Men concerned about suffering a stroke while taking testosterone should talk to their physician about alternative treatments. The FDA advised doctors to consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks when prescribing testosterone drugs.