Androgel

(testosterone)

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Treats low testosterone.

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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.

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Quick facts about Androgel
  • Drug class: Men's Health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (testosterone)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Androgel (testosterone) replaces testosterone in your body. Testosterone is important for the normal growth and development of bone, muscle, brain, and sex organs in males.

Quick facts about Androgel
  • Drug class: Men's Health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (testosterone)

Used for

  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Delayed puberty
  • Hypogonadism

Dosage forms

  • Gel
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What to expect when you take Androgel (testosterone) for Testosterone replacement

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  • Emotional lability
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin reactions
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Side effect rates for Androgel (testosterone)

From 274 clinical trials of Androgel when taken for hypogonadism (1.62%)
  • Increased PSA levels
    11%11%
  • Emotional lability
    3%3%
  • High blood pressure
    2%2%
  • Increased hematocrit or hemoglobin
    2%2%
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    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Androgel.

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Risks and Warnings for Androgel (testosterone)

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  • Androgel (testosterone) can be transferred to another person by skin-to-skin contact with the application site. Development of male characteristics can occur in children after contact with unwashed or unclothed application sites of men who use topical testosterone. Be sure to follow the instructions of use in order to prevent this from happening. Children and women should avoid contact with application sites of men using Androgel (testosterone). Symptoms include enlargement of the penis or clitoris, development of pubic hair, increased erections and libido, aggressive behavior, and advanced bone age. If you notice any of these signs, talk to your doctor immediately.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Androgel (testosterone)

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Alcohol
  • Androgel (testosterone) is an alcohol based product and thus is flammable. Avoid smoking, fire or flames until the gel has dried.
Kidneys and liver
  • Androgel (testosterone) does not need to be dose adjusted if you have liver or kidney problems.