Androderm

(Testosterone Patch)

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Treats low testosterone.

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Our bottom line

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.

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Quick facts about Androderm
  • Drug class: Men's Health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
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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.
How it works

The testosterone patch works by adding or replacing the hormone testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for causing and maintaining many of the changes in male bodies from puberty on.

Quick facts about Androderm
  • Drug class: Men's Health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Low testosterone
  • Male osteoporosis
  • Weight gain

Dosage forms

  • Patch
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Side effect rates for Androderm (Testosterone Patch)

From 36 clinical trials of Androderm when taken for hypogonadism- males (2-6 mg/day)
  • Any appication site reaction
    28%28%
  • Application site pruritus
    17%17%
  • Application site vesicles
    6%6%
  • Back pain
    6%6%
  • Application site erythema
    3%3%
  • Application site exfoliation
    3%3%
  • Chills
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
  • Fatigue
    3%3%
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    3%3%
  • Hemarthrosis
    3%3%
  • Hematuria
    3%3%
  • Headache
    3%3%
  • Polyuria
    3%3%
  • Prostatitis
    3%3%
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Common concerns from people taking Androderm (Testosterone Patch)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Androderm
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