Compare Androderm vs. Striant

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Androderm
(Testosterone Patch)

Striant
(Testosterone Tablet)

Treats low testosterone. 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.Treats low testosterone. Hormones in the testosterone tablet can't be transferred to other people by skin-to-skin contact, but it can interfere with how food tastes and with teethbrushing and flossing.
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Side effects
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How it works
AndrodermStriant
The testosterone patch works by adding or replacing the hormone testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for causing and maintaining many of the changes in male bodies from puberty on.The testosterone tablet works by adding or replacing the hormone testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for causing and maintaining many of the changes in male bodies from puberty on.
Type of medication
AndrodermStriant
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
AndrodermStriant
  • Patch
  • Buccal tablet
Used for (click to learn more)
AndrodermStriant
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
AndrodermStriant
Coming soon.Coming soon.
Pregnancy category
AndrodermStriant
XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.
  • Can change the way food tastes.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
  • The testosterone patch doesn't have to be removed when you're having sex or if you're showering or bathing.
No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
AndrodermStriant
  • 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.
  • Unlike topical forms of testosterone like gels or solutions, you can't transfer this medication to another person accidentally by skin-to-skin contact.
  • If you use it correctly, it won't come off of your gums during eating or drinking.
Downsides and risks
AndrodermStriant
  • 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.
  • Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive..
  • Can change the way food tastes.
  • You have to be good about brushing and flossing your teeth, otherwise it can be more likely to fall off.
  • Can cause gum irritation, pain, swelling, and tenderness.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AndrodermStriant
  • Place the testosterone patch on a clean, dry area of your skin each night. Don't put it on your scrotum or a bony part of your body.
  • Change the area where you place the testosterone patch every night, and wait at least 7 days before you put in on the same site again.
  • Make sure the patch is attached to your skin, especially along the edges. If it loosens, smooth the edges and then the center of the patch with your finger to make sure it's attached completely.
  • If the patch falls off before noon, apply another patch. If it falls off after that, don't apply another patch until your regular time at night. Don't use tape to keep the patch attached.
  • Don't bathe or swim for at least 3 hours after you put a new patch on. Also, heavy exercise or lots of sweating can make your patch fall off.
  • Place the rounded side of the testosterone tablet on gums right above your incisor (canine) tooth, close your mouth, then hold the tablet against the gums by placing your finger over your lip where the tablet is placed for 30 seconds. Switch sides for each new tablet you use.
  • Make sure that the tablet is still there after you're done eating or drinking.
  • If the tablet falls off your gum within 8 hours of putting it on, you can put a new tablet on for a total of 12 hours, then put on a new one at the regularly scheduled time.
  • Do your brushing and flossing and other mouth care before you put the testosterone tablet on your gums.
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