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.
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› 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 and risks
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› 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.
› 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.