In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02245345 ||ANDROGEL 2.5G / PACKET TESTOSTERONE 1% GEL|
|02245346 ||ANDROGEL 5G / PACKET TESTOSTERONE 1% GEL|
|02249499 ||ANDROGEL PUMP (1.25G/DOSE) TESTOSTERONE 1% GEL|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Testosterone gel belongs to a group of medications known as androgens (male hormones). It is used to treat men who have testosterone deficiency.
Testosterone is a sex hormone that produces "male" physical characteristics and increases sex drive. This medication works by replacing the testosterone that would normally be produced by the body. Testosterone gel should only be used if testosterone deficiency has been confirmed by symptoms and blood tests.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using 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 using this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose is 5 g of gel (which contains 50 mg testosterone) applied once daily, preferably in the morning after showering or bathing. If using the pump, make sure you know how many pumps to use per application. Some people may need up to 10 g once daily.
Apply the gel to a clean, dry area of non-broken skin on the shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen. Do not apply the gel to the genitals or to any damaged skin. After applying the gel, let it dry for a few minutes, then cover it with clothing and wash your hands to avoid getting the medication on other people's skin. Wait at least 5 to 6 hours before reapplying the gel, showering, or swimming. After applying the gel, allow it to dry completely before smoking or going near an open flame.
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 using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that you use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, and it is more than 12 hours until your next dose, apply the missed dose as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is less than 12 hours until your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it 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?
Androgel is available as a gel in a pump bottle (containing a total of sixty 1.25 g doses) or unit dose packages (2.5 g or 5 g per packet). Each gram of clear, colourless, fragrance-free, hydroalcoholic gel contains testosterone 1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, carbomer 980, isopropyl myristate, purified water, and sodium hydroxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication 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