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. 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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Testosterone topical solution works by adding or replacing the hormone testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for causing and maintaining many of the changes in male bodies from puberty on.
The testosterone tablet works by adding or replacing the hormone testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for causing and maintaining many of the changes in male bodies from puberty on.
Type of medication
Used for (click to learn more)
› Low testosterone
› Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)
Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.
› 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.
› 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
› 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..
› 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
› Prime testosterone topical solution first by pumping 3 times before you use a new bottle.
› If you use deodorant or antiperspirant, apply that first before using testosterone topical solution.
› Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you put on testosterone topical solution so that it has time to absorb.
› Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people.
› If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact at the area where you've placed testosterone topical solution, wash that area with soap and water then dry.
› Don't use testosterone topical solution anywhere besides your armpits.
› 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.