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Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)

Prescription only
Treats low testosterone.

While Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) is available for treating low testosterone, other treatments are better first choices.

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.

Upsides
  • Available as an oral tablet.
  • You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
  • Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
Downsides
  • Not considered a first-choice treatment for low testosterone, and not recommended for treating breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
  • Available only as brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Delayed puberty
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Side effects
The Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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
  • Changes in blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Breast tissue changes

    Male

  • Changes in sex drive

    Male

  • Inability to urinate

    Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)

  • Changes in sperm

    Taking high doses of Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)

  • Swelling in the legs

    Heart, liver or kidney disease

  • Virilization

    Female

  • High calcium in the blood

    Breast cancer

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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