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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.

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 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
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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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1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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Risks and risk factors
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