Testosterone Supplement Overdose
Hypogonadism patients are prescribed by doctors to take testosterone supplements to restore normal levels of the hormone in the body. Healthcare specialists administer the medication based on the need and physical condition of the patient. When testosterone supplements are taken without proper medical advice, it is possible that the patient would experience overdose of the hormone.
Overdose of testosterone supplements can lead to production of more estrogen. The excess testosterone will be converted into estrogen. Men also need this hormone but when it is above normal levels, unfavorable effects might be manifested in the body such as mood swings, fluid retention, hypertension, breast pain, and breast enlargement.
Another effect of testosterone overdose is increase in oil production in the skin. Most patients experience having oily skin and acne in moderate levels but there have been cases of extreme oiliness and acne formation.
Testosterone overdose may cause decrease in the size of testes. When the brain detects high levels of testosterone in the body, it will turn off the biosynthesis of luteinizing hormone (LH). The LH’s task is to signal the testes to produce more testosterone. When the production of LH is halted, the testes will decrease in size.
Prostate problems are usually associated with excessive testosterone in the body. However, recent studies have ruled this out particularly in patients who have no history of prostate cancer in the family. But if a family member has encountered prostate ailments, it is best to make sure that testosterone supplements are taken in optimal dosage.
Loss of hair has been observed in patients who had testosterone overdose. Extreme hair loss may lead to balding.
The most alarming effect of testosterone overdose is the overproduction of red blood cells. Older men who exhibit this overdose effect may have higher chances of heart attack, stroke, or clotting. Hematocrit levels should be carefully monitored to lessen the chances of these heart ailments. Regular replacement of blood cells through blood donation is also encouraged to lessen the thickness of the blood.