Testosterone (Into the nose)
Uses of This Medicine
Testosterone nasal gel is used for the treatment of men whose bodies do not make enough natural testosterone, a condition called hypogonadism. Testosterone is a male hormone responsible for the growth and development of the male sex organs and maintenance of secondary sex characteristics.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
To use:Prime the pump the first time you use this medicine. To do this, hold the pump upside down over a sink, and slowly press the pump 10 times. Rinse the sink with warm water. Wipe the tip with a clean, dry tissue. The medicine is now ready to use. If you get the medicine on your hands, wash them with warm water and soap. Gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils. Insert the tip of the pump into your left nostril and gently tilt it so that it touches the side of your nose. This will make sure the medicine is applied properly. Slowly press the pump until it stops. Remove the tip from your nose. Repeat these steps to apply the medicine into your right nostril. After you use the pump, wipe the tip with a clean, dry tissue and put the cap back on. Press your nostrils together just below the bridge of your nose and lightly rub them together. Do not blow your nose or sniff for 1 hour after you use this medicine.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how testosterone works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Insulin Other medicine that you use in your nose (including oxymetazoline) Blood thinner (including warfarin) Steroid (including dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone)
When Not To Use
Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, an enlarged prostate, heart disease, high cholesterol, lung disease, sleep apnea, or a history of heart attack or stroke. Also tell your doctor if you have any nose or sinus problems, including allergies or history of nose or sinus surgery or a broken nose.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Increased risk of prostate cancer Blood clot in your leg or lung Possible increased risk of heart attack or stroke Lower sperm count Liver problems
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate, trouble urinating
Pain, redness, or swelling in your arm or leg
Swelling in your hands, ankles, legs, or feet
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
More erections than usual or erections that last a long time
Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, nosebleeds, or discomfort, scabbing, or dryness of your nose
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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