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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.

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.

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Buccal tablet
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
  • Gum or Mouth Irritation
    9%
  • Taste Bitter
    4%
  • Gum Pain
    3%
  • Gum Tenderness
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Gum Edema
    2%
  • Taste Perversion
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
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