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. 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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› You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
› Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
› 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
› 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..
› 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
› 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.
› 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.