Fortesta
Alternatives

(Testosterone Gel)

Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only

Androderm (Testosterone Patch)

Prescription only
1 of 7 alternatives
Treats low testosterone.

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.

Treats low testosterone.

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.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Patch
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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10possible side effects
  • Any appication site reaction
    28%
  • Application site pruritus
    17%
  • Application site vesicles
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Application site erythema
    3%
  • Application site exfoliation
    3%
  • Chills
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    3%
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Risks and warnings
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