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 shoulders and upper arms like a lotion, so it's easy to use.
› Available in individual daily doses, so it's more convenient than some alternatives.
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 let the skin dry after you've put on testosterone gel, and you have to wear clothes over the area to prevent the medication from spreading onto other people.
› 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.
› Use the entire contents of one tube each day and apply to your shoulders and upper arms. Don't put it anywhere else.
› Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you apply testosterone gel.
› Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people, and wash your hands with soap and water.
› 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.