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Androderm

Common Name
testosterone patch


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02239653 ANDRODERM 12.2MG PATCH
02245972 ANDRODERM 24.3MG PATCH

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Testosterone belongs to a group of hormones called androgens (male hormones). Testosterone is responsible for the growth and development of the male sex organs as well as male sex characteristics such as chest hair, facial hair, pubic hair, voice changes, and muscle growth. A deficiency of testosterone can result in underdeveloped testes or erectile dysfunction (difficulty getting or keeping an erection).

Testosterone patches are used to treat testosterone deficiency. Testosterone patches should only be used if testosterone deficiency has been confirmed by symptoms and blood tests.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended adult starting dose is one 24.3 mg patch or two 12.2 mg patches (supplying 5 mg testosterone every 24 hours) applied to a clean, dry area of the skin of the back, stomach, upper arms, or thighs at approximately 10 pm nightly.

The patch has a protective backing that is removed to expose an adhesive surface. Apply the patch to a surface (as described above) that is not oily, damaged, hairy, or irritated. Make sure the edges of the patch stick well to the skin. Do not place the patch on the scrotum or on bony areas such as the hips or shoulders, on mucous-producing surfaces (e.g., inside of mouth or nose), or on damaged skin. Use a different site for each daily patch or patches. Do not use the same site twice in seven days.

When applied to clean, dry skin, the patches will remain in place during normal activities, including contact with water such as showering or swimming. Strenuous exercise or excessive perspiration may loosen the patches or cause them to fall off. If a patch falls off before noon, replace it with a fresh patch directly on the same site. If it falls off later in the day, do not replace it until the nighttime application (when a new site should be chosen). If a patch becomes loose, smooth it down again by rubbing over the edges of the patch. If you are not sure what to do after the patch falls off, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

After use, remove the patch and fold it so that the adhesive side is on the outside. Place the used patch in the package that the new patch has been taken from, and discard it.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Store patches at room temperature and protect from heat, light, and moisture. Keep patches and discarded patches out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

12.2 mg patch
Each patch contains a total of 12.2 mg testosterone and delivers 2.5 mg of testosterone per 24-hour period. Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, glycerin, glycerol monooleate, methyl laureate, carbomer, purified water, and sodium hydroxide.

24.3 mg patch
Each patch contains a total of 24.3 mg of testosterone and delivers 5 mg testosterone per 24-hour period. Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, glycerin, glycerol monooleate, methyl laureate, carbomer, purified water, and sodium hydroxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this mediction if you:

  • are allergic to testosterone or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • are female (especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding)
  • have, or are suspected to have, prostate or breast cancer


 

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