Compare Fluoxymesterone vs. Androgel

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

Androxy
(fluoxymesterone)

Androgel
(testosterone gel)

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.
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Side effects
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The Fluoxymesterone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Fluoxymesterone side effects »
  • Psa increased 11%
  • Any adverse reaction 11%
  • Mood swings 3%
  • High blood pressure 2%
  • Hematocrit or hemoglobin increased 2%
  • Rash 2%
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How it works
FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) 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. Also, it can slow the spread of certain kinds of breast cancer.Testosterone gel 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
FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
  • Diabetes
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)
Detailed Androxy (fluoxymesterone) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    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.

    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.

    Kidneys and liver
    FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
    • There have been reports of people on Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) who have developed high levels of calcium in the blood, which can be bad for the kidneys. This has happened if you have breast cancer or if you are unable to move around. If you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, muscle or joint pain or a bad headache, talk to your doctor, since they may have to stop the medication.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
    • If you're on Androxy (Fluoxymesterone), and you notice pain in your abdomen, or if your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow, call your doctor immediately. This can be liver damage.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
    • 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 and risks
    FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    FluoxymesteroneAndrogel
    • Can cause nausea, vomiting, and headache.
    • Don't double up if you miss a dose.
    • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
    • Keep this medication locked up and away from children since it's a controlled substance.
    • How to put it on: Don't put testosterone gel anywhere else except where you're taught by the doctor or pharmacist, usually the shoulders and upper arms. Don't put it around your genitals. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them afterward. Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people.
    • Don't bathe or swim for at least 2 hours after you've put on testosterone gel so that it has time to absorb.
    • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact with someone else at the area where you've placed testosterone gel, wash that area with soap and water and dry. If someone else touches the area before you've washed it off, have them wash their skin with soap and water as soon as they can.
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