testosterone gel (Androgel) (cont.)

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PREPARATIONS: 1% Solution; 1.62% solution; 20 mg/1.25gm: 25 mg/2.5 gm; 40.5 mg/2.5gm: 50 mg/5 g, 1%: 1.62%.

STORAGE: Androgel should be stored at room temperature 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F)

DOSING: The recommended starting dose is 50 mg applied once daily to the skin of shoulders, upper arm, or abdomen. The dose may be increased based on blood testosterone levels. The hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water after applying Androgel.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Testosterone may decrease blood glucose levels. Therefore, less insulin may be required in diabetic patients. Testosterone may increase the action of the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin), increasing the risk of bleeding. Combining steroids with testosterone may increase fluid retention.

PREGNANCY: Androgel should not be used during pregnancy because testosterone is harmful to the fetus.

NURSING MOTHERS: Androgel should not be used by nursing mothers because of the possibility of adverse effects in the nursing infant.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/12/2015

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