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  • Endocrine Society Recommends Against Routine Use of Compounded Hormones [hide all summaries]
    (December 2016)
    In this article, we explain why FDA-approved bioidentical hormone medications are preferred over custom-mixed (compounded) products for treating hormone-related disorders.
  • Drug-Induced Hair Loss [hide all summaries]
    (July 2016)
    For most people with hair loss, the condition usually is age-related or due to the genes they inherited from their parents. But for some patients, the cause of the problem can be found in the medicine cabinet. Learn about some commonly used medications that can cause hair loss.
  • FDA Belatedly Requires Warnings About Heart Attack, Stroke Risks for Testosterone Products [hide all summaries]
    (May 2015)
    On March 3, the Food and Drug Administration finally announced that it was requiring that the labels of all approved prescription testosterone products include a warning about the possible increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Worst Pills, Best Pills News editor Dr. Michael Carome criticizes the agency for recklessly dragging its feet prior to requiring these warnings.
  • FDA’s Recent Action on Testosterone Products: Grossly Insufficient [hide all summaries]
    (August 2014)
    The FDA recently required manufacturers of all approved testosterone products to include a general warning on the product labeling about the risk of developing blood clots in veins. Find out why the new warning is dangerously incomplete.
  • Testosterone Use Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attacks [hide all summaries]
    (March 2014)
    There is a growing body of evidence indicating that testosterone treatment exposes men to an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, as well as death. This article reviews the results of two recently published studies that provide the most compelling evidence yet linking testosterone use to increased cardiovascular risk.
  • Beware: Bioidentical Hormones [hide all summaries]
    (September 2010)
    Many women are using so-called bioidentical hormones, "natural" and implicitly safer versions of prescription drugs such as Premarin, because the latter drugs have been found to cause breast cancer, heart disease and many other serious health problems. The article discusses the fact that these products can be expected to have the same serious adverse effects that con­ventional preparations have and that they have the added disadvantage of not being regulated and thereby having unpredictable amounts of ingredients.
  • Safety Concerns Lead to Label Changes For Topical Testosterone [hide all summaries]
    (May 2010)
    The article reviews the dangers of testosterone gels and gives recommendations that adults who use testosterone gels should follow.

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