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Androgel (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only
Treats low testosterone.

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.

Treats low testosterone.

This testosterone topical solution is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement that's less likely to rub off on other people you come into contact with, but it's not available as a generic yet.

Upsides
  • You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
  • Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
  • You're less likely with this formulation to transfer testosterone topical solution to another person since this is applied to the armpits -- unlike some other forms of topical testosterone.
  • You can use your regular deodorant or antiperspirant, but just make sure to apply that first before using testosterone topical solution.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Only available as brand name.
  • You have to wait at least 2 hours after applying testosterone topical solution before you can swim or bathe, otherwise your body won't absorb the entire amount.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical
Price
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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • PSA increased
    11%
  • Any adverse reaction
    11%
  • Emotional lability
    3%
  • Hypertension
    2%
  • Hematocrit or hemoglobin increased
    2%
  • Contact dermatitis
    2%
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7possible side effects
  • Application Site Irritation
    8%
  • Application Site Erythema
    7%
  • Hematocrit Increased
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • PSA Increased
    4%
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Risks and warnings
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