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The testosterone patch is a topical form of hormone replacement that doesn't affect people you come in contact with, but it can cause skin irritation so you have to rotate its position every night.
This testosterone gel is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement, but you have to be careful about it rubbing off on other people. Also it can be cheaper than alternatives.
- The testosterone patch doesn't have to be removed when you're having sex or if you're showering or bathing.
- The testosterone patch prevents other people around you from coming in contact with testosterone, unlike other topical forms such as gels.
- The testosterone patch only has to be placed once each night.
- You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
- Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
- Not available in generic.
- You have to be careful to rotate the testosterone patch to a different part of your body each night.
- Can cause skin irritation.
- Has to be removed before you have an MRI.
- The patch can become loose if you do heavy exercise or sweat a lot.
- You have to make sure that you cover the area where you place testosterone gel after it's dry, otherwise it can rub off on people.
- You have to wait at least 2 hours before you shower or swim after putting on Testosterone gel, otherwise your body won't absorb the entire amount.
- Low testosterone
- Low testosterone
- Cream, gel, or ointment
- Any appication site reaction28%
- Application site pruritus17%
- Application site vesicles6%
- Back pain6%
- Application site erythema3%
- Application site exfoliation3%
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease3%
- PSA increased11%
- Any adverse reaction11%
- Emotional lability3%
- Hematocrit or hemoglobin increased2%
- Contact dermatitis2%