Compare Fortesta vs. Testim

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Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only

Testim (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only
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.

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

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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