Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Men's Health

Androgel

(testosterone gel)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Men's Health
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Treats low testosterone.

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Our bottom line

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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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

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.

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Side effect rates for Androgel (testosterone gel)

274 From clinical trials of Androgel / Testosterone replacement (1.62%)
  • Psa increased
  • Any adverse reaction
  • Mood swings
  • High blood pressure
  • Hematocrit or hemoglobin increased
  • Rash

Common concerns from people taking Androgel (testosterone gel)

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