Side effects/ risks of testosterone supplements

It is evident that several men now turn to testosterone supplements as a therapy to increase sex drive, energy levels and muscle mass. Not to mention that testosterone drug companies such as AndroGel heavily advertise their products through numerous television advertisements, during football games and other shows that target men while assuring them a better quality of life. The truth is that these supplements can cause several health complications that is sometimes more than the total benefits. Men, women, children and even pets can be adversely affected by these products. Recorded number of men are already filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of testosterone supplements, claiming that the manufacturers knew the dangers of their products but hid it.

Like most other supplements, drugs and medications, the testosterone therapy is not without its side effects and possible risks. This is especially true if it is taken for aging rather than the treatment of a medical condition. The Cleveland Clinic reveals that the testosterone therapy can cause potential troubles in addition to the fact that it may effect the heart and prostate. Although testosterone replacement therapy may be safe, some of the complications associated with it include:

· Oily skin and Acne
· Hair loss
· Prolonged or frequent erections
· Depression and anxiety
· Enlarged swollen or tender breasts
· Risk of developing prostate cancer
· Mild or increased fluid retention
· Increased risk of blood clots
· Stimulation of prostate tissue
· Sleeping difficulties
· Causing or worsening sleep apnea (a sleep condition that causes frequent daytime sleepiness and nighttime awakenings)
· Polycythemia (a condition that causes an increase in red blood cell counts)
· Nausea and vomiting
· Trouble urinating
· Headache
· Abdominal pain
· Increased PSA
· Increased aggression or mood swings
· Increased or decreased sexual interest
· Increased risk of heart attack/heart failure and stroke
· Decrease or shrinkage in testicular size
· Changes in skin complexion
· Change in cholesterol and lipid levels
· Decreased sperm count resulting into infertility (particularly in younger men)