Compare Androderm vs. Androgel

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

Treats low testosterone.

Androgel (testosterone) is a convenient topical form of testosterone hormone replacement for males, but you should be careful that the gel doesn't rub off on others.

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.
  • Androgel (testosterone) is an effective medication for treating low testosterone levels.
  • You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
  • It is available as a cheaper, generic form.
  • Androgel (testosterone) does not need to be dose adjusted if you have liver or kidney problems.
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.
  • You have to make sure that you cover the area where you place Androgel (testosterone) 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 Androgel (testosterone), otherwise your body won't absorb the entire amount.
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Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Male osteoporosis
  • Weight gain
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Delayed puberty
  • Hypogonadism
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Gel
Price
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Side effects
15possible 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%
  • Hemarthrosis
    3%
  • Hematuria
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Polyuria
    3%
  • Prostatitis
    3%
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5possible side effects
  • Increased PSA levels
    11%
  • Emotional lability
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    2%
  • Increased hematocrit or hemoglobin
    2%
  • Skin reactions
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
No information currently available
  • Exposing others to Androgel (testosterone)
  • Blood clots
  • Swelling in the legs
    • Heart disease
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
  • Elevated red blood cell count
  • High calcium in the blood
    • History of cancer
  • Flammability
    • Smoking
    • Exposure to fire or flames
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