Compare Androderm vs. Testim

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Androderm (Testosterone Patch)

Prescription only

Testim (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only
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.

This testosterone gel comes in convenient daily doses, but you have to be careful about skin-to-skin contact with other people.

Upsides
  • 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 apply it to your shoulders and upper arms like a lotion, so it's easy to use.
  • Available in individual daily doses, so it's more convenient than some alternatives.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • You have to let the skin dry after you've put on testosterone gel, and you have to wear clothes over the area to prevent the medication from spreading onto other people.
  • You have to wait at least 2 hours after applying testosterone gel before you can swim or bathe, otherwise your body won't absorb the full amount of the medication.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Any appication site reaction
    28%
  • Application site pruritus
    17%
  • Application site vesicles
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Application site erythema
    3%
  • Application site exfoliation
    3%
  • Chills
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    3%
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Risks and warnings
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