Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Fortesta

(Testosterone Gel)

  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Low testosterone
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Treats low testosterone.

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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

What to expect when you take Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)

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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.

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)

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