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Treats low testosterone.

This testosterone topical solution 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.

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're less likely with this formulation to transfer testosterone topical solution to another person since this is applied to the armpits -- unlike some other forms of topical testosterone.
  • You can use your regular deodorant or antiperspirant, but just make sure to apply that first before using testosterone topical solution.
  • 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
  • Only available as brand name.
  • You have to wait at least 2 hours after applying testosterone topical solution before you can swim or bathe, 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
  • Topical
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Application Site Irritation
    8%
  • Application Site Erythema
    7%
  • Hematocrit Increased
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • PSA Increased
    4%
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1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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Risks and risk factors
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