What is testosterone gel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Androgel is a gel containing testosterone. It is administered through the skin for treatment of low testosterone levels. It belongs to a class of drugs called androgens. Other testosterone replacement products include Androderm, Axiron, Testim, and Fortesta. Testosterone is the major male sex hormone responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and secondary sex characteristics. These effects include development of the prostate, penis, and scrotum; distribution of facial, pubic, chest and axillary hair; development of a deep voice and alterations in muscle mass and fat distribution. Low production of testosterone leads to erectile dysfunction, reduced sexual desire, fatigue and loss of energy, depression, regression of secondary sexual characteristics, and weakening of bones (osteoporosis). Androgel and other testosterone replacement products supplement or replace natural production of testosterone and reverse symptoms of low testosterone levels. The FDA approved Androgel in February 2000.
What brand names are available for testosterone gel-topical?
Is testosterone gel available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for testosterone gel?
What are the side effects of testosterone gel?
The most common side effects of Androgel are:
Which drugs or supplements interact with testosterone gel topical?
: 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.
Is testosterone gel safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Androgel should not be used by nursing mothers because of the possibility of adverse effects in the nursing infant.
What else should I know about testosterone gel?
What preparations of testosterone gel-topical are available?
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%.
How should I keep testosterone gel-topical stored?
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.
Latest Men's Health News
Daily Health News
Testosterone gel (Androgel) is a gel containing testosterone and is prescribed for the treatment of low testosterone levels. Side effects, drug interactions, and patient safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
Low Testosterone (Low T) Quiz: Test Your IQ of Men's Conditions
What are symptoms of low testosterone (low T)? Take this quiz to learn more about causes of low testosterone and how to treat it....
Sex Quiz: Love & Relationships Facts
Relationships, sex, and love! Could it be that what motivates physical attraction in us may be all in our minds? Take the Sex &...
Men's Health: Natural Ways to Boost Testosterone
Find out from WebMD what you can do to raise your testosterone levels naturally, including changes to your diet and lifestyle....
Related Disease Conditions
Sexual Problems in Men
Male sexual dysfunction can be caused by physical or psychological problems. Common sexual problems in men include erectile...
Low Testosterone (Low T)
Low testosterone (low-T) can be caused by conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, liver or kidney disease, hormonal...
Learn about osteoporosis, a condition characterized by the loss of bone density, which leads to an increased risk of bone...
Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)
Erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence) is the failure to achieve or maintain an erection. There are many potential underlying...
Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one...
Men's health is an important component to a happy lifestyle and healthy relationships. Eating healthy, exercise, managing stress,...
Depression in the Elderly
Depression in the elderly is very common. That doesn't mean, though, it's normal. Treatment may involve antidepressants,...
Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
Prevention & Wellness
Health Solutions From Our Sponsors
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
FDA Prescribing Information.