Compare Androgel vs. Testim

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Androgel (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only

Testim (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 gel comes in convenient daily doses, but you have to be careful about skin-to-skin contact with other people.

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 shoulders and upper arms like a lotion, so it's easy to use.
  • Available in individual daily doses, so it's more convenient than some alternatives.
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 let the skin dry after you've put on testosterone gel, and you have to wear clothes over the area to prevent the medication from spreading onto other people.
  • 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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$606.22
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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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Risks and warnings
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