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Testim (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only
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.

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.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Buccal tablet
Price
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Side effects
The Testim (Testosterone Gel) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
7possible side effects
  • Gum or Mouth Irritation
    9%
  • Taste Bitter
    4%
  • Gum Pain
    3%
  • Gum Tenderness
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Gum Edema
    2%
  • Taste Perversion
    2%
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Risks and warnings
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