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Testosterone (tes TOS ter one)

Brand Names: U.S.

Androderm; AndroGel; AndroGel Pump; Aveed; Axiron; Depo-Testosterone; First-Testosterone; First-Testosterone MC; Fortesta; Striant; Testim; Testopel

Brand Names: Canada

Andriol; Androderm; AndroGel; Andropository; Delatestryl; Depotest 100; Everone 200; PMS-Testosterone; Testim


  • Do not let your skin that the gel or solution was used on touch any children’s or women’s skin. Cover treated part with clothes. Signs of puberty may happen in children.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat breast cancer in women.
  • It is used to treat low testosterone levels.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to testosterone or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease.
  • If you are male and have breast or prostate cancer.
  • If you are a woman.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take this drug.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • If you stop taking this drug all of a sudden, you may have signs of withdrawal. Tell your doctor if you have any bad effects.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
  • There may be a higher chance of prostate cancer. Talk with your doctor.
  • Have your blood pressure checked often. Talk with your doctor.
  • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
  • This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you take this drug.
  • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use caution in children. Talk with your doctor.
  • This drug may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
  • This drug may lower sperm counts in men. This may affect being able to father a child. Talk with the doctor.
  • Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug.
  • This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Erection that lasts more than 4 hours.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Passing urine often.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Mood changes.
  • Enlarged breasts.
  • Breast pain.
  • Any signs from touching topical gel or solution to skin of children or women. These include pimples, forceful actions, enlarged sex organs, and changes in body hair.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Any bruising or bleeding.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Very bad headache.

Cheek tablet:

  • Gum changes.


  • Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
  • For women, a deep voice, facial hair, pimples, or period changes.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Pimples (acne).
  • Hair loss.
  • Headache.
  • Emotional ups and downs.
  • Change in sex ability.


  • Skin irritation.

Cheek tablet:

  • Gum irritation or pain.
  • Mouth irritation.
  • Bad taste in your mouth.


  • Pain where the shot was given.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All products:

  • Wash your hands before and after use.

Gel and solution:

  • Not all products are the same strength. Read and follow label carefully.
  • Do not get this drug on other parts of your body or on other people.
  • Let dry before covering with clothing.
  • Avoid fire, flames, or smoking until dry.
  • If a woman or child touches the gel, she/he needs to wash the skin with soap and water.
  • Wash site where being used before touching anyone else’s skin.

AndroGel® 1% and Testim:

  • Prime the pump by pressing 3 times before you use this the first time. Throw away any product that comes out.

AndroGel® 1%:

  • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the belly, shoulder, or upper arm.
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 5 to 6 hours after putting on.


  • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the shoulder or upper arm.
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 2 hours after putting on.

AndroGel® 1.62%:

  • Prime the pump by pressing 3 times before you use this the first time. Throw away any product that comes out.
  • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the shoulder or upper arm.
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 2 hours after putting on.


  • Prime the pump by pressing 8 times before you use this the first time. Throw away any product that comes out.
  • Use one finger to gently rub gel onto skin.
  • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the front and inner thighs.
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 2 hours after putting on.


  • Prime the pump by pressing 3 times before you use this the first time. Throw away any product that comes out.
  • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin using the applicator under the arm.
  • Do not use your fingers or hand to rub this drug into the skin.
  • Change armpits with each dose.
  • Allow skin to dry between uses.
  • If you use deodorant, put on at least 2 minutes before you put on this drug.
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 2 hours after putting on.
  • Keep out of your eyes.


  • Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on back, belly, thigh, or upper arm.
  • Do not put on the genitals.
  • Move the patch site with each new patch. Do not put on the same site for 7 days.
  • The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.

Cheek tablet:

  • Do not remove the tablet from the tablet pack until you are ready to take this drug. Take the tablet right away after opening the blister pack. Do not store the removed tablet for future use.
  • Dry your hands and place the tablet in your mouth above the incisor tooth between the upper cheek and gum. Let it melt during the day.
  • Do not chew or swallow.
  • Change the side of mouth with each dose.
  • Do not take out until it is time for your next dose.
  • Make sure drug is still in place after eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, or using mouthwash.
  • If the drug does not stick or falls out within the first 8 hours, put in a new one. Put in second dose 12 hours after the first dose you put in.
  • If the drug does not stick or falls out after 8 hours but before 12 hours, put in a new dose. This will count as your second dose of the day.
  • To remove tablet, gently slide it down from the gum toward the tooth to keep from scratching the gum.


  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin or a muscle.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All products:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Protect from heat or open flame.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.


  • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your healthcare provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.


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