Prescription onlyClass: Men's Health

Androderm

(testosterone patch)

Prescription onlyClass: Men's Health
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Treats low testosterone.

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Our bottom line

The testosterone patch is a topical form of hormone replacement that doesn't affect people you come in contact with, but it can cause skin irritation so you have to rotate its position every night.

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Upsides

  • The testosterone patch doesn't have to be removed when you're having sex or if you're showering or bathing.
  • The testosterone patch prevents other people around you from coming in contact with testosterone, unlike other topical forms such as gels.
  • The testosterone patch only has to be placed once each night.

Downsides

  • Not available in generic.
  • You have to be careful to rotate the testosterone patch to a different part of your body each night.
  • Can cause skin irritation.
  • Has to be removed before you have an MRI.
  • The patch can become loose if you do heavy exercise or sweat a lot.
How it works

The testosterone patch 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.

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Side effect rates for Androderm (testosterone patch)

36 From clinical trials of Androderm / Hypogonadism- Males (2-6 mg/day)
  • Any appication site reaction
  • Application site pruritus
  • Application site vesicles
  • Back pain
  • Application site erythema
  • Application site exfoliation
  • Chills
  • Prostatitis
  • Fatigue
  • Acid reflux disease

Common concerns from people taking Androderm (testosterone patch)

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