Compare Fluoxymesterone vs. Fortesta

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Androxy
(Fluoxymesterone)

Fortesta
(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 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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Reviews for Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)
47%
of people say Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) is worth it
23%
say it works well
27%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
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How it works
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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.
Type of medication
FluoxymesteroneFortesta
Hormone replacementPrescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
FluoxymesteroneFortesta
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
FluoxymesteroneFortesta
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
FluoxymesteroneFortesta
  • Diabetes
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Female
  • Breast cancer
  • Inability to move
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      Pregnancy category
      FluoxymesteroneFortesta
      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.

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      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      • 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 specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
      • If you're a man taking Androxy (Fluoxymesterone), you can see changes in your sex drive, including overstimulation and prolonged frequent erections. Talk to your doctor if this happens, since they might have to change the dose.
      No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      • If you're taking Androxy (Fluoxymesterone), and you notice swelling in your legs, or a sudden increase in your weight, talk to your doctor. This can be a serious side effect involving your heart.
      No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      FluoxymesteroneFortesta
      • 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
      FluoxymesteroneFortesta
      • 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
      FluoxymesteroneFortesta
      • 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.
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