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Generic Name: testosterone topical

It supports normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice
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What is this medicine?

TESTOSTERONE (tes TOS ter one) is the main male hormone. It supports normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice. This gel is used in males to treat low testosterone levels.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • breast cancer
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • if a female partner is pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung disease
  • prostate cancer, enlargement
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to testosterone, soy proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. This medicine is applied at the same time every day (preferably in the morning) to clean, dry, intact skin. If you take a bath or shower in the morning, apply the gel after the bath or shower. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Make sure that you are using your testosterone gel product correctly and applying it only to the appropriate skin area (see below). Allow the skin to dry a few minutes then cover with clothing to prevent others from coming in contact with the medicine on your skin. The gel is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, or smoking until the gel has dried. Wash your hands with soap and water after use.

For AndroGel Packets: Open the packet(s) needed for your dose. You can put the entire dose into your palm all at once or just a little at a time to apply. If you prefer, you can instead squeeze the gel directly onto the area you are applying it to. Apply on the shoulders, upper arm, or abdomen as directed. Do not apply to the scrotum or genitals. Be sure you use the correct total dose. It is best to wait 5 to 6 hours after application of the gel before showering or swimming.

For AndroGel 1%: Pump the dose into the palm of your hand. You can put the entire dose into your palm all at once or just a little at a time to apply. If you prefer, you can instead pump the gel directly onto the area you are applying it to. Apply on the shoulders, upper arm, or abdomen as directed. Do not apply to the scrotum or genitals. Be sure you use the correct total dose. It is best to wait for 5 to 6 hours after application of the gel before showering or swimming.

For AndroGel 1.62%: Pump the dose into the palm of your hand. Dispense one pump of gel at a time into the palm of your hand before applying it. If you prefer, you can instead pump the gel directly onto the area you are applying it to. Apply on the shoulders and upper arms as directed. Do not apply to other parts of the body including the abdomen or genitals. Be sure you use the correct total dose. It is best to wait 2 hours after application of the gel before washing, showering, or swimming.

For Testim: Open the tube(s) needed for your dose. Squeeze the gel from the tube into the palm of your hand. Apply on the shoulders or upper arms as directed. Do not apply to the scrotum, genitals, or abdomen. Be sure you use the correct total dose. Do not shower or swim for at least 2 hours after application of the gel.

For Fortesta: Use the multi-dose pump to pump the gel directly onto the area you are applying it to. Apply on the thighs as directed. Do not apply to the abdomen, penis, scrotum, shoulders or upper arms. Gently rub the gel onto the skin using your finger. Be sure you use the correct total dose. Do not shower or swim for at least 2 hours after application of the gel.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

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