Compare Fortesta vs. Testim

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Fortesta
(testosterone gel)

Testim
(testosterone gel)

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.
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Side effects
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  • Skin reaction 16%
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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
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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.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
FortestaTestim
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
FortestaTestim
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
FortestaTestim
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
FortestaTestim
    Coming soon.
      Coming soon.
      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.

      Upsides and benefits
      FortestaTestim
      • 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 and risks
      FortestaTestim
      • 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.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      FortestaTestim
      • 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.
      • 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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