Some doctors question safety of testosterone replacement therapy

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Andrews Horansky / KHOU 11 News

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Updated today at 11:07 PM

HOUSTON With promises like more energy, and a better sex life, testosterone replacement therapy is more popular than ever, but how safe is it?

Testosterone replacement therapy has become a billion-dollar business as one of the most sought after treatments since Viagra.

Some men have called it the fountain of youth, but when it comes to taking testosterone, some doctors are becoming more cautious. Theyre discovering problems, including blood clots, infertility and even tumors.

Cancer has been a concern for men taking testosterone, said Dolores Lamb, Ph.D, with Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Larry Lipshultz, a urologist with Houstons Baylor College of Medicine, said everyday he sees a patient coming in asking for testosterone.

I dont think there are real risks with testosterone, he said. I think what gets mis-communicated is the men who take excess amounts of testosterone, usually from someone whos not a physician, to achieve unrealistic goals.

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