Testavan is a transparent gel containing testosterone, a male sex hormone that is naturally produced in your body. Testavan gel is used to replace testosterone in adult men when the body does not produce enough natural testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism. Testavan helps raise testosterone to normal levels.
What is Testavan and how is it used?
Testavan is a transparent gel containing testosterone, a male sex hormone that is naturally produced in your body. Testavan is used to replace testosterone in adult men when the body does not produce enough natural testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism. The drug helps raise testosterone to normal levels.
The role of testosterone in the body:
- Testosterone is naturally produced in your body in the testicles;
- It helps the body produce sperm as well as develop and maintain masculine traits, such as deep voice and body hair It is needed for normal sexual function and sexual drive;
- It also helps maintain muscle mass and strength.
Testavan gel is prescribed to adult men as a testosterone replacement to treat various disorders caused by testosterone deficiency (male hypogonadism). These disorders should be confirmed by two separate tests of blood testosterone and also include symptoms such as:
- Low sexual drive;
- Loss of bone mass due to low hormone levels;
- Reversal of male sex characteristics, such as changes in voice and changes in the distribution of body fat;
- Reduction of facial and body hair.
How to use Testavan
Always use Testavan exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure. Testavan transdermal gel is the most common Testavan product supplied. It is a topical gel.
The recommended starting dose of Testavan 20 mg is one squeeze of the pump, applied once daily at approximately the same time every day, preferably in the morning. However, some patients may need a higher dose.
The recommended maximum dose is 69 mg of testosterone daily (three pump squeezes).
Apply Testavan gel to the skin using the applicator. This is known as “transdermal use” – Testavan is absorbed through your skin and into the body. Testavan should only be applied to clean, dry, and healthy skin on your shoulders or upper arms.
Never apply Testavan to:
- Your penis or testes; Areas of damaged skin;
- Open wounds, minor sores or patches of irritated skin.
After applying Testavan:
- Wash your hands with soap and water immediately, if you get gel on them.
- Testavan gel is flammable so it is important to avoid fire, flames and smoking until the Testavan gel has dried. Allow Testavan gel to dry completely on the application area before dressing.
- Always wear clothing that covers the application area to prevent accidental transmission to others. Wait at least 2 hours before showering, bathing or swimming.
- Wash the Testavan application area with soap and water before any situation where any skin contact with another person is possible.
If you use too much Testavan:
If you use too much Testavan gel by mistake, wash the application area with soap and water as soon as possible.
Only use the amount prescribed by your doctor. If you feel easily irritated, anxious, gain weight, have prolonged or frequent erections – this may be an indication that you are using too much Testavan gel.
If you forget to use Testavan:
Do not apply a double dose of Testavan gel to make up for a missed dose.
If the next dose of Testavan gel is less than 12 hours away, do not apply the missed dose but apply the next dose as usual. If the next dose is more than 12 hours away, apply the missed dose, then continue as usual the next day.
If you stop using Testavan:
Talk to your doctor before you stop using Testavan Ferring Transdermal gel.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Testavan can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 users):
- Skin irritation where the gel has been applied (such as rash, dryness and redness);
- High levels of blood fats (triglycerides) in the blood;
- Raised blood pressure;
- Increased levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). PSA is a protein produced in the prostate and can be used to detect prostate disease;
- Elevated haematocrit (percentage of red blood cells in the blood).
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 users):
- Elevated haemoglobin detected by regular blood tests;
When is it not safe to use Testavan?
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Testavan if you have any medical conditions, such a difficulty urinating, bone cancer, high blood pressure, severe heart, liver or kidney disease, thrombophilia, epilepsy, migraines or sleep apnoea.