Treats low testosterone.
Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
This testosterone gel is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement that's less likely to rub off on other people you come into contact with, but it's not available as a generic yet.
- You apply it to your thighs like a lotion.
- Putting testosterone gel on your thights makes it less likely you'll transfer the medication to other people around you, compared to some other kinds of topical testosterone.
- Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive.
- 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.
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Side effects for Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
From clinical trials of Fortesta / Testosterone replacement ( 149)
- Skin reactionSkin reaction16% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
- Prostatic specific antigen increasedProstatic specific antigen increased1% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
- Abnormal dreamsAbnormal dreams1% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
- RashRash1% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
- Application site reactionApplication site reaction1% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
- Gastrointestinal hypomobilityGastrointestinal hypomobility1% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
- Severe dyspneaSevere dyspnea1% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
- Moderate contusionModerate contusion1% for Testosterone gel vs.0% for placebo
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Tips from our pharmacists
- Prime testosterone gel first by pumping 8 times before you use a new bottle.
- Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you apply testosterone gel.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and cover the area with clothing as soon as the gel is dry so you don't spread it to other people.
- 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.
- Don't use testosterone gel anywhere besides your front and inner thighs.
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