Fortesta

(Testosterone Gel)

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Treats low testosterone.

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Our bottom line

This testosterone gel is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement that's less likely to rub off on other people you come into contact with, but it's not available as a generic yet.

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

Upsides

  • You apply it to your thighs like a lotion.
  • Putting testosterone gel on your thights makes it less likely you'll transfer the medication to other people around you, compared to some other kinds of topical testosterone.
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Downsides

  • Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive.
  • You have to wait at least 2 hours after applying testosterone gel before you can swim or bathe, otherwise your body won't absorb the full amount of the medication.
How it works

Testosterone gel 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 Fortesta
  • 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

  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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Side effect rates for Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)

From 149 clinical trials of Fortesta when taken for testosterone replacement
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Fortesta.

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Common concerns from people taking Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)

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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 Fortesta
XUnsafe