Compare Fluoxymesterone vs. Testim

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Androxy
(Fluoxymesterone)

Testim
(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 comes in convenient daily doses, but you have to be careful about skin-to-skin contact with other people.
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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.

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  • Increase in hematocrit (≥ 58%) 1%
  • Hematocrit/hemoglobin increased 2%
  • Increase in hemoglobin (≥ 19 g/dl) 1%
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How it works
FluoxymesteroneTestim
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
FluoxymesteroneTestim
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
FluoxymesteroneTestim
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
FluoxymesteroneTestim
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
FluoxymesteroneTestim
  • 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
      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
      FluoxymesteroneTestim
      • 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestim
      • 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestim
      • 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestim
      • 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestim
      • 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.
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