Compare Fluoxymesterone vs. Fortesta

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

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Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)

Prescription only

Fortesta (testosterone)

Prescription only
Treats low testosterone.

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

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
  • Available as an oral tablet.
  • 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 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 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
  • Delayed puberty
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • 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.
1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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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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  • 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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