Testosterone (On the skin)
Uses of This Medicine
Testosterone topical gel is used for the treatment of males 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
Gel/Jelly, Kit, Liquid
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Apply this medicine at the same time every day in the morning, unless your doctor tells you differently.
Apply the medicine to clean, dry skin. Do not apply to skin that has a cut, scrape, or other injury.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions on how to prime the pump before you use it the first time. Do not use the medicine that comes out during priming. Rinse it down the drain.
Gel:Apply the gel only to your shoulders, upper arms, or thighs. Do not apply this medicine to your scrotum or penis. Allow the gel to dry before you cover the area with clothing. Wait for at least 2 to 5 hours after you apply this medicine before you shower or swim.
Children and women should avoid contact with the unwashed or unclothed area where the testosterone gel has been applied. If another person accidentally gets this medicine on his or her skin, wash the area with soap and water right away.
Solution:Apply an antiperspirant or deodorant spray at least 2 minutes before you apply this medicine. Use an applicator to apply the solution to clean and dry underarms. Do not apply this medicine to any other part of your body. Wipe any medicine that drips or runs with an applicator. Do not rub the solution with your fingers or hand. Rinse the applicator cup with water and pat it dry with a tissue. Put the cup and cap back into the pump bottle. Allow the solution to dry before you cover the area with clothing. Do not shower or swim for least 2 hours.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water after you use this medicine.
If any medicine gets in your eyes, rinse them right away with water and call your doctor.
The medicine is flammable until it dries on the skin. Do not smoke or go near an open flame until the gel or solution has dried and you have covered the area with clothing.
Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply 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.
Throw away the empty pump, tube, or packet in a place where children and pets cannot reach it.
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 the following:Insulin Oxyphenbutazone Blood thinner (including warfarin) Steroid medicine (including dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone)
When Not To Use
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
Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
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:
Changes in how much or how often you urinate, trouble urinating
Pain, redness, or swelling in your arm or leg
Swelling in your hands, ankles, 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
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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Brand names include
Androgel, Axiron, First-Testosterone, First-Testosterone MC, Fortesta, Testim, Vogelxo
There may be other brand names for this medicine.