Compare Methyltestosterone vs. Androgel

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Android
(Methyltestosterone)

Androgel
(Testosterone Gel)

Treats low testosterone. Android (Methyltestosterone) is an oral form of testosterone that's easy to take but not available as a generic yet.Treats low testosterone. This testosterone gel is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement, but you have to be careful about it rubbing off on other people. Also it can be cheaper than alternatives.
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Side effects
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How it works
MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
Android (Methyltestosterone) 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
MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Android (Methyltestosterone)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Female
  • Breast cancer
  • Inability to move
      • Diabetes
      • On blood thinners
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        Pregnancy category
        MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        • There have been reports of people on Android (Methyltestosterone) 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 specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
        • If you're a man taking Android (Methyltestosterone), you can see changes in your sex drive, including overstimulation and prolonged frequent erections. Talk to your doctor if this happens, since they might have to change the dose.
        No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
        Weight
        • If you're taking Android (Methyltestosterone), and you notice swelling in your legs, or a sudden increase in your weight, talk to your doctor. This can be a serious side effect involving your heart.
        No specific weight-related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
        • A first-choice treatment for men with low testosterone.
        • Oral form of testosterone that some people prefer over injections and topical gels and patches.
        • You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
        • Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
        Downsides and risks
        MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
        • Not a first-choice treatment for breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
        • Not available as generic, so it can be expensive.
        • You have to make sure that you cover the area where you place testosterone gel after it's dry, otherwise it can rub off on people.
        • You have to wait at least 2 hours before you shower or swim after putting on Testosterone gel, otherwise your body won't absorb the entire amount.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        MethyltestosteroneAndrogel
        • 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.
        • How to put it on: Don't put testosterone gel anywhere else except where you're taught by the doctor or pharmacist, usually the shoulders and upper arms. Don't put it around your genitals. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them afterward. Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people.
        • Don't bathe or swim for at least 2 hours after you've put on testosterone gel so that it has time to absorb.
        • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact with someone else at the area where you've placed testosterone gel, wash that area with soap and water and dry. If someone else touches the area before you've washed it off, have them wash their skin with soap and water as soon as they can.
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