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 that's less likely to rub off on other people you come into contact with, but it's not available as a generic yet.
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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.
› 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.
› 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
› Available as an oral tablet.
› 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 and risks
› 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.
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› 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.
› Prime testosterone gel first by pumping 8 times before you use a new bottle.
› Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you apply testosterone gel.
› Wash your hands with soap and water, and cover the area with clothing as soon as the gel is 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 gel, wash that area with soap and water then dry.
› Don't use testosterone gel anywhere besides your front and inner thighs.