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Tostran

Tostran Gel is a topical androgen gel containing the active ingredient testosterone, a male hormone responsible for the development of typically male physical characteristics such as facial hair growth and sperm production.

What is Tostran 2% Gel?

Tostran Gel is a topical androgen gel containing the active ingredient testosterone, a male hormone responsible for the development of typically male physical characteristics such as facial hair growth and sperm production.

What is Tostran Gel used to treat?

Tostran Gel is primarily used to treat the health issues caused by insufficient testosterone in men (male hypogonadism).

Clinical symptoms include:

  • Reduction in bone density as a consequence of low hormone levels;
  • Depressive moods;
  • Impotence;
  • Infertility;
  • Reduced libido;
  • Fatigue.

How to use Tostran Gel

Always follow the directions given by your doctor or pharmacist. Tostan Gel is usually supplied in a pump container designed to release a specific amount of gel per pump, each time the pump mechanism is pressed down fully. The gel should be applied directly to clean dry skin in the morning or evening at the same time. It should be applied to the abdomen across an area approximately 10 cm x 30 cm. Alternatively, the Tostan Gel can be divided in half and applied to the inside skin of the upper thighs. Applying Tostran Gel to both areas on alternate days is recommended.

Do not place Tostran on any other parts of the body and in particular, Tostran Gel should never be applied to the genitals. Massage the Tostran Gel into the skin until it is dry and then wear loose comfortable clothing. Always wash your hands after use. Do not have a shower or a bath for at least a few hours after applying Tostran Gel (it is a good idea to wash beforehand).

Dosage

Each depression of the pump releases 10 mg of Tostran Gel. A typical starting dose is 60 mg per day. The number of depressions you need will depend on your prescribed dosage. If you forget to take a dose of Tostran Gel, take the next dose at the normal time – never double up on a dose.

Side effects

Tostran can sometimes cause side effects, although of course many people will not experience them. Frequent side effects include irritated skin at the application site (itchiness, redness and a burning or prickling sensation). These side effects normally disappear by themselves but if they continue, talk to your doctor.

Less common side effects include:

  • Oedema of the hands, feet and ankles;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Changes to the prostate;
  • Increased hair growth;
  • Enlarged breasts;
  • A higher number of red blood cells;
  • Baldness;
  • Seborrhoea;
  • Acne;
  • Jaundice;
  • Abnormal liver function;
  • Sickness;
  • Altered libido;
  • Greater frequency of erections;
  • Depression;
  • Difficulty in passing water;
  • Anxiety;
  • Aggression;
  • Weight gain;
  • Fluid retention;
  • Sleep apnoea.

The above is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects. If you experience these or any other troubling symptoms after using Tostran Gel, talk to your doctor.

When is it not safe to use Tostran Gel?

Tostran Gel should only be used by men over the age of 18 years, so is not safe for women or children. Tostran Gel should not be used if you are allergic to any of its excipients or if you are receiving treatment for cancer of the prostate or of the breast tissue. Regular check-ups and blood tests are required whilst using Tostran Gel. Tell your doctor about any pre- existing health conditions and the details of any medication you are taking, including over-the-counter products. Athletes should be aware that Tostran contains testosterone and can therefore cause a positive result in a drug-screening test. It is important to cover the treated area with clothing to prevent the possible transfer of Tostran Gel to others, particularly pregnant or breastfeeding women and children which could cause harm by increasing their testosterone levels.

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