Compare Androgel vs. Fortesta

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Androgel
(testosterone gel)

Fortesta
(testosterone gel)

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 gel 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.
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Side effects
AndrogelFortesta
  • PSA increased 11%
  • Any adverse reaction 11%
  • Emotional lability 3%
  • Hypertension 2%
  • Hematocrit or hemoglobin increased 2%
  • Contact dermatitis 2%
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  • Skin reaction 16%
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How it works
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Testosterone gel 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.Testosterone gel 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
AndrogelFortesta
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
AndrogelFortesta
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
AndrogelFortesta
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Coming soon.
      Coming soon.
      Pregnancy

      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.

      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.

      Upsides and benefits
      AndrogelFortesta
      • 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 apply it to your thighs like a lotion.
      • Putting testosterone gel on your thights makes it less likely you'll transfer the medication to other people around you, compared to some other kinds of topical testosterone.
      Downsides and risks
      AndrogelFortesta
      • 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.
      • Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive.
      • 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.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      AndrogelFortesta
      • How to put it on: Don't put testosterone gel anywhere else except where you're taught by the doctor or pharmacist, usually the shoulders and upper arms. Don't put it around your genitals. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them afterward. Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people.
      • Don't bathe or swim for at least 2 hours after you've put on testosterone gel so that it has time to absorb.
      • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact with someone else at the area where you've placed testosterone gel, wash that area with soap and water and dry. If someone else touches the area before you've washed it off, have them wash their skin with soap and water as soon as they can.
      • Prime testosterone gel first by pumping 8 times before you use a new bottle.
      • Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you apply testosterone gel.
      • Wash your hands with soap and water, and cover the area with clothing as soon as the gel is dry so you don't spread it to other people.
      • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact at the area where you've placed testosterone gel, wash that area with soap and water then dry.
      • Don't use testosterone gel anywhere besides your front and inner thighs.
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