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Testosterone skin gel

What is this medicine?

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 gel is used in males to treat low testosterone levels.

How should I use this medicine?

This drug is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Wash your hands before and after use. Use it as directed on the prescription label, at the same time every day. Do not use it more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your product correctly. Allow the skin to air-dry, then cover with clothing to prevent others from coming in contact with the drug on your skin.

This drug comes with INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. Ask your pharmacist for directions on how to use this drug. Read the information carefully. Talk to your pharmacist or health care provider if you have questions.

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.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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

  • breast enlargement

  • breathing problems

  • changes in emotions or moods

  • high blood pressure

  • signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as chest pain; shortness of breath; pain, swelling, or warmth in the leg

  • signs and symptoms of liver injury like dark yellow or brown urine; general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms; light-colored stools; loss of appetite; nausea; right upper belly pain; unusually weak or tired; yellowing of the eyes or skin

  • swelling of the ankles, feet, hands

  • too frequent or persistent erections

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • acne

  • headache

  • skin irritation at site where applied

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines for diabetes

  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What if I miss a dose?

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

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 at room temperature between 20 to 25 degrees C (68 to 77 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.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • breast cancer

  • diabetes

  • heart disease

  • heart failure

  • if a female partner is pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • lung or breathing disease (asthma, COPD)

  • polycythemia

  • prostate cancer or disease

  • sleep apnea

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to testosterone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Tell your health care provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work while you are taking this drug.

This drug is 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 drug. Get emergency help if you develop signs or symptoms of a heart attack or stroke . Talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of this drug.

This drug can transfer from your body to others. If a person or pet comes in contact with the drug, they may have a serious risk of side effects. If you cannot avoid skin-to-skin contact, cover the drug site with clothing. If accidental contact happens, wash the skin of the person or pet 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.

Do not become pregnant while taking this drug. Women should inform their health care provider if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is potential for serious harm to an unborn child. Tell your health care provider for more information.

This drug may affect blood sugar. Ask your health care provider if changes in diet or drugs are needed if you have diabetes.

This drug is banned from use in athletes by most athletic organizations.

NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2021 Elsevier
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