Compare Androderm vs. Fortesta

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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.

Fortesta (testosterone) is a convenient topical form of testosterone hormone replacement, but it can be spread to another person if skin-to-skin contact occurs.

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.
  • Fortesta (testosterone) is an effective and convenient form of testosterone.
  • It is easily used. You apply it to your thighs like a lotion.
  • Putting Fortesta (testosterone) on your thighs makes it less likely that you'll transfer the medication to other people around you.
  • Fortesta (testosterone) is available as a cheaper generic form.
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 wait at least 2 hours after applying Fortesta (testosterone) before you can swim or bathe, otherwise your body won't absorb the full amount of the medication.
  • Fortesta (testosterone) does not need to be dose adjusted if you have liver or kidney problems.
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Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Male osteoporosis
  • Weight gain
  • 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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1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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Risks and risk factors
No information currently available
  • Virilization from secondary exposure
  • 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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