It’s heart wrenching to hear stories like yours. To lend some insight, I have most of my patients on estrogen blockers as well. This is something that I find necessary even though we replace to the normal range only. We recommend against GHRP-6 and all growth hormone treatment, so I cant’ speak directly to that. His testosterone dose is higher than what I would start a patient at, but it’s not exorbitant. That, however, is only part of the picture. Proper dosing is dependent upon the observation of how a patient reacts to a dose over time. So, that dose could be entirely too high for him even though I would say it is on the spectrum of normal dosing in general.
Endogenous androgens are responsible for normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of secondary sex characteristics. These effects include growth and maturation of the prostate , seminal vesicles , penis , and scrotum ; development of male hair distribution, such as beard , pubic, chest, and axillary hair; laryngeal enlargement, vocal cord thickening, and alterations in body musculature and fat distribution. Drugs in this class also cause retention of nitrogen , sodium, potassium , and phosphorous, and decreased urinary excretion of calcium. Androgens have been reported to increase protein anabolism and decrease protein catabolism . Nitrogen balance is improved only when there is sufficient intake of calories and protein.
Direct-to-consumer advertising helps to explain the surge in testosterone therapy for men who may not even benefit from it. While doctors are free to prescribe drugs as they see fit, testosterone therapy manufacturers have been accused of pushing their therapy for “Low T” symptoms that are not necessarily rooted in low testosterone levels. For example, some advertising campaigns ask men whether they have a lowered libido, a lack of energy, or are feeling sad and/or grumpy—which could be symptoms of depression or simply a bad day. The ads go on to suggest that Low T may be to blame and that men should speak with their doctor about testosterone therapy.