Compare Fluoxymesterone vs. Androgel

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Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)

Prescription only

Androgel (testosterone)

Prescription only
Treats low testosterone.

While Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) is available for treating low testosterone, other treatments are better first choices.

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
  • Available as an oral tablet.
  • 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 considered a first-choice treatment for low testosterone, and not recommended for treating breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
  • Available only as brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • 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
  • Delayed puberty
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Delayed puberty
  • Hypogonadism
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Gel
Price
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Side effects
The Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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
  • Changes in blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Breast tissue changes
    • Male
  • Changes in sex drive
    • Male
  • Inability to urinate
    • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Changes in sperm
    • Taking high doses of Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)
  • Swelling in the legs
    • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Virilization
    • Female
  • High calcium in the blood
    • Breast cancer
    • Inability to move
  • Liver disease
  • Changes in mood
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  • 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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