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 medicine is used in males to treat low testosterone levels.
This medicine is applied at the same time every day (preferably in the morning) to clean, dry, intact skin of the armpit. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you take a bath or shower in the morning, apply the medicine after the bath or shower. If you use deodorants or antiperspirants, use them at least 2 minutes before applying this medicine. Only apply this medicine to the armpits. Do not use on any other body part. To use, remove the cap and the applicator cup from the pump. Fully depress the pump once to dispense solution into the applicator cup. With the applicator cup held upright, wipe the solution down and up into the armpit. Do not use your fingers or hand to rub the medicine into the skin. Allow the skin to dry a few minutes before putting on clothing. The skin solution is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, or smoking until the solution has dried. Wash your hands after use. Avoid bathing or swimming for at least 2 hours after you apply the medicine.
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.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in emotions or moods, especially anger, depression, or rage
general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
loss of appetite, nausea
pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
right upper belly pain
swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
too frequent or persistent erections
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in sex drive or performance
certain medicines for diabetes
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.
Store upright at room temperature between 15 to 30 degrees C (59 to 86 degrees F). Keep closed until use. Protect from heat and light. This medicine is flammable. Avoid exposure to heat, fire, flame, and smoking. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
breathing problems while you sleep (sleep apnea)
if a female partner is pregnant or trying to get pregnant
prostate cancer, enlargement
an unusual or allergic reaction to testosterone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. They will need to check the level of testosterone in your blood.
This medicine is only approved for use in men who have low levels of testosterone related to certain medical conditions. Heart attacks and strokes have been reported with the use of this medicine. Notify your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency treatment if you develop breathing problems; changes in vision; confusion; chest pain or chest tightness; sudden arm pain; severe, sudden headache; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; loss of balance or coordination. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.
This medicine can transfer from your body to others. If a person or pet comes in contact with the area where this medicine was applied to your skin, they may have a serious risk of side effects. If you cannot avoid skin-to-skin contact with another person, make sure the site where this medicine was applied is covered with clothing. If accidental contact happens, the skin of the person or pet should be washed right away with soap and water. Also, a female partner who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant should avoid contact with the gel or treated skin.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
This drug is banned from use in athletes by most athletic organizations.