Androgel (Testogel)

Testogel (Androgel)

Androgel (Testogel) is the brand name for a man-made product that can be used to treat men with a testosterone deficiency. It contains the male sex hormone, testosterone. Testosterone is a natural male hormone that decreases with age or for other medical reasons. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Androgel (Testogel)

Androgel (Testogel) is the brand name for a man-made product that can be used to treat men with a testosterone deficiency. It contains the male sex hormone, testosterone. Testosterone is a natural male hormone that decreases with age or for other medical reasons. It is also referred to as Androgen.

Taking Androgel (Testogel) increases the male sexual characteristics such as a deep voice, facial hair, muscle mass, and has a notable effect on libido and the ability to sexually perform.

Testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS) is a treatable condition caused by a drop in testosterone levels in men. For most men this is a slow process and they don´t notice it, whereas others might be aware of certain symptoms. TDS can also occur in younger men, although it is less common in men under 40.

Androgel (Testogel) is used as a hormone replacement therapy for men when their natural levels of testosterone decrease. It is applied to the skin daily, preferably in the morning, to the abdomen, shoulders or upper arms. It is NOT applied to the penis or genital area.

What is Androgel (Testogel)?

Androgel (Testogel)  is a testosterone supplement gel that contains testosterone, the naturally occurring male sex hormone. It is used to treat men with a testosterone deficiency. A testosterone deficiency, known as Testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS), comes with wide ranging symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, a loss of sexual desire, tiredness and lack of energy, feeling depressed, osteoporosis and a decrease in male characteristics such as facial and body hair. TDS is also known as male hypogonadism.

Androgel (Testogel) can treat TDS by increasing sex drive, energy levels and the quality of erections a man has. It can also improve mood, bone density and muscle mass.

This is a colourless and odourless gel that is topical. This means it is applied to the skin, not internally. It is used daily and it absorbed into the blood to replenish the male body's testosterone levels. It is applied to the shoulders, upper arms or  abdomen, not the genital area. It must not be put on the chest or back as it will not be absorbed correctly.

When is Androgel (Testogel) used?

Testosterone is produced by the testes (testicles) and adrenal glands. However, as males get older the body needs less testosterone. This is not a problem with all men, but for some it is a worry when they experience symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, loss of sex drive and reduced energy levels. These symptoms can occur when the body is adjusting to the decrease in testosterone levels as a man ages. The natural production of testosterone can also drop due to other medical conditions such as male prostate cancer, testicle problems or pituitary gland disorders.

According to Medical News Today ‘low testosterone affects about one in 10 men between the ages of 40 and 60 and more than two in 10 men over the age of 60. Studies show that men lose testosterone at a rate of approximately 10 percent each decade after age 30.’

The following are the main symptoms of low testosterone levels:

  • Decreased libido
  • Rectile dysfunction
  • Loss of bone density/osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Decreased exercise endurance
  • Longer recovery time after exercise
  • Increased fat mass
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes and depression

If you think you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and suspect your testosterone levels are reducing Androgel (Testogel) could be an appropriate treatment for you. Androgel (Testogel) is a prescription only drug which can be prescribed to you by a doctor.

Androgel (Testogel) is testosterone supplement, to treat men who suffer from a testosterone deficiency. Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS) is caused by a natural drop in testosterone levels, which has a wide range of symptoms, notably erectile dysfunction and lack of libido.

How do you use Androgel (Testogel)?

Androgel (Testogel) comes in 88 g packages and is dispensed with a prescription from a pharmacy.

It is applied to the skin of the shoulders, abdomen or upper arms daily in a dosage prescribed by a medical professional. It should not be applied to the genitals.

To use Androgel (Testogel), massage it into clean dry skin on the abdomen, shoulders or upper arms and allow it to dry for a few minutes before getting dressed. Use the palm of your hand rather than your fingers, to obtain better coverage and absorption into the bloodstream. To prevent irritation, alternate between different areas on your body each day when applying the gel.

You should use this product for as long as your doctor advises. Just because your symptoms start to improve this does not mean you should discontinue use of the medication as it is controlling your symptoms.

It should be noted that the gel can easily be transferred to other people through skin-to-skin contact. Therefore, take extra care not to let women or children come into contact with Androgel (Testogel). This is because the gel could have masculinising effects on women and children, such as the growth of facial hair and voice deepening. It can also cause changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Therefore, it is essential you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after applying the gel to ensure you don't transfer it to others. Read the leaflet that comes with your Androgel (Testogel) for more information and instructions on how to use the gel effectively and safely.

If you think a pregnant women or a child may have come into contact with Androgel (Testogel), get medical assistance immediately.

What dosages are there?

Like all prescription medicine, your doctor will decide what dosage is appropriate for you and your symptoms. Follow these guidelines carefully and never increase the dosage without consulting your doctor first. Usually Androgel (Testogel) is applied daily and is available from the pharmacy in strength 16.2 mg/g.

To ensure the gel works effectively it is recommended to wait at least 6 hours before showering, bathing, swimming or doing any strenuous activity that will causes heavy sweating.

Do not use a double dose of Androgel (Testogel) to make up for forgetting to take one dose. Carry on taking the regular dosage as usual. You should also not stop using Androgel (Testogel) until you are instructed to do so by your doctor or it states so in your prescription.

If you think you have applied too much Androgel (Testogel), you must seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist and stop using the gel immediately. They will advise you on the appropriate treatment to counter the Androgel (Testogel) overdose.

Androgel (Testogel) is not suitable for women or children and they should avoid having skin-to-skin contact with the gel. If they do have contact with the product it is essential to seek medical assistance. As well as causing male characteristics such as growth of body hair, children can experience early puberty and swelling of the genitals if exposed to Androgel (Testogel). It can also cause signs of aggression in children.

What are the side effects of Androgel (Testogel)?

Androgel (Testogel) does have some potential side effects. Although not everyone experiences some or any of these, it is important to weigh up the potential negative effects against the desired outcome of the drug to gauge if it is suitable for you.

The side effects of Androgel (Testogel) include:

  • Skin irritation in the areas where the gel is applied
  • Oily skin and pimples
  • Mood swings or aggression
  • Itching
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Oedema (fluid retention swelling)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • High cholesterol
  • Jaundice
  • Liver tumours
  • Anxiety or irritation
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Sleeplessness
  • Hair colour changes

Not everyone taking Androgel (Testogel) will experience any or all of these side effects, they are listed so you are aware of what may happen when taking this medication. Also, sometimes side effects occur when taking a new medication then disappear as your body gets used to it.

If you experience constant and painful erections after using Androgel (Testogel) you should contact your doctor immediately.

It should also be noted that Androgel (Testogel) is very harmful to the development of an unborn baby. Pregnant women should not come into contact with Androgel (Testogel). Refer to the leaflet enclosed in the packet regarding how to use the product safely around pregnant women.

If you think a pregnant women or a child may have come into contact with Androgel (Testogel), get medical assistance immediately.

Breastfeeding women should also not come into contact with Androgel (Testogel) as this could harm the child.

When shouldn't you use Androgel (Testogel)?

Do not use Androgel (Testogel) if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you have or are suspected of having prostate cancer
  • If you have or are suspected of having breast cancer
  • If you are allergic to testosterone or any of the other ingredients in this medicine
  • If you are a man under 18 years old
  • If you are a woman
  • If you are a woman and pregnant
  • If you are a woman and breastfeeding

Androgel (Testogel) is not suitable for women or children as it can cause them to develop male characteristics such as body hair and a deepening of the voice. It can also affect the menstrual cycle. Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

There are no warnings not to use this product while driving. There are also no warnings for using this product in conjunction with alcohol. However, it should be noted that if you are using this drug with the aim of treating erectile dysfunction or a loss in sex drive, alcohol may be counterproductive.

Drinking alcohol while using Androgel (Testogel) may prevent you from getting and maintaining an erection even whilst using the product. Alcohol interferes with the chemical signals in your brain which enable blood to flow to the penis.

It is important to tell your doctor about any medication you are taking before your start to use Androgel (Testogel). This includes herbal medicines.

Does Androgel (Testogel) interaction with other medication?

If you are using other drugs to treat high blood pressure or other health problems ensure you tell your doctor or within your online consultation. Androgel (Testogel) may potentially interact with other medicines, including herbal medicines.

Always mention any medication you are using when you talk to your doctor about using new medication such as Androgel (Testogel). In addition, always follow the prescription instructions regarding the dosage given to you by your doctor to ensure safe use of this medication.

In particular, it is important to note that testosterone can affect:

  • Anti-blood clotting medicines: testosterone can increase the effects of these
  • Steroids: the use of these with testosterone can cause a build up of fluid, particularly in people with heart, kidney or liver disease
  • Insulin or antidiabetic medicines: the amount needed can be affected as testosterone can reduce blood sugar levels

Where can you buy Androgel (Testogel)?

Androgel (Testogel) is a prescription only treatment. To buy Androgel (Testogel) you must first have a consultation with a doctor before getting the treatment from a pharmacy.   

Can I get  Androgel (Testogel) without a prescription?

Androgel (Testogel) is a prescription only medication. You must first speak with a doctor and purchase the treatment through a pharmacy.

Your doctor will decide what dosage is appropriate for your symptoms. Do not increase the dosage without consulting your doctor first. Androgel (Testogel) is available through the pharmacy in strength 16.2 mg/g.

 

 

References

Are you testosterone deficient? (2015, July 13). Retrieved November 25, 2018, from http://www.menshealth.co.uk/healthy/are-you-testosterone-deficient

Is alcohol affecting your sex life? (n.d.). Retrieved November 24, 2018, from https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/how-alcohol-affects-relationships/is-alcohol-affecting-your-sex-life/

Long-Term Benefits And Safety Of Testosterone Gel (AndroGel(R)). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/7950.php

MEDICATION GUIDE. (n.d.). Retrieved November 24, 2018, from https://www.androgel.com/medication-guide

Package Leaflet: Information for the Patient. (n.d.). Retrieved November 24, 2018, from https://www.dokteronline.com/pils/en/patient_information_leaflet-5973-testogel-16,2-mg-per-g-uk.pdf-1517838422.pdf