Compare Fortesta vs. Striant

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Fortesta
(Testosterone Gel)

Striant
(Testosterone Tablet)

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.Treats low testosterone. Hormones in the testosterone tablet can't be transferred to other people by skin-to-skin contact, but it can interfere with how food tastes and with teethbrushing and flossing.
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Side effects
FortestaStriant

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How it works
FortestaStriant
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.The testosterone tablet 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
FortestaStriant
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
FortestaStriant
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Buccal tablet
Used for (click to learn more)
FortestaStriant
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
FortestaStriant
Coming soon.Coming soon.
Pregnancy category
FortestaStriant
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.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.
  • Can change the way food tastes.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
FortestaStriant
  • 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.
  • Unlike topical forms of testosterone like gels or solutions, you can't transfer this medication to another person accidentally by skin-to-skin contact.
  • If you use it correctly, it won't come off of your gums during eating or drinking.
Downsides and risks
FortestaStriant
  • 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.
  • Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive..
  • Can change the way food tastes.
  • You have to be good about brushing and flossing your teeth, otherwise it can be more likely to fall off.
  • Can cause gum irritation, pain, swelling, and tenderness.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
FortestaStriant
  • 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.
  • Place the rounded side of the testosterone tablet on gums right above your incisor (canine) tooth, close your mouth, then hold the tablet against the gums by placing your finger over your lip where the tablet is placed for 30 seconds. Switch sides for each new tablet you use.
  • Make sure that the tablet is still there after you're done eating or drinking.
  • If the tablet falls off your gum within 8 hours of putting it on, you can put a new tablet on for a total of 12 hours, then put on a new one at the regularly scheduled time.
  • Do your brushing and flossing and other mouth care before you put the testosterone tablet on your gums.
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