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    • Brand Names: U.S.: Androderm®;AndroGel®;Axiron®;Delatestryl®;Depo®-Testosterone;First®-Testosterone;First®-Testosterone MC;FortestaT;Striant®;Testim®;Testopel®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Andriol®;Androderm®;AndroGel®;Andropository;Delatestryl®;Depotest® 100;Everone® 200;PMS-Testosterone;Testim®

    • It is used to treat breast cancer in women.
    • It is used to treat delays in a man's growth.
    • It is used to treat low testosterone levels.
    • It is used to add testosterone to the body.


    How to take

    • All products:
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Gel and solution:
    • Let dry before covering with clothing.
    • Wash site where being used before touching anyone else's skin.
    • Avoid fire, flames, or smoking until dry.
    • Do not put on the genitals.
    • Androderm® Patch:
    • Put patch on clean, dry, healthy skin on back, belly, thigh, or upper arm.
    • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 3 hours after putting on.
    • AndroGel®: 1%
    • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the belly, shoulder, or upper arm.
    • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 5 to 6 hours after putting on.
    • AndroGel® 1.62%; and Testim®:
    • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the shoulder or upper arm.
    • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 2 hours after putting on.
    • Axiron®:
    • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin using the applicator under the arm.
    • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 2 hours after putting on.
    • FortestaT:
    • Put on clean, dry, healthy skin on the front and inner thighs.
    • Do not bathe, shower, or swim for 2 hours after putting on.
    • Striant®:
    • Put above the incisor tooth.
    • Change the side of mouth with each dose.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin or a muscle.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.


    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect patch from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Protect gel from heat.



    • Do not let your skin that the gel or solution was used on touch any children's or women's skin. Cover treated part with clothes. Signs of puberty may happen in children.
    • Please read the medication guide.


    • If you have an allergy to testosterone or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: A large prostate gland, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, or genital bleeding.
    • If you are a man and have breast cancer.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.


    • The patch may have metal. Take off the patch before an MRI.
    • Have your blood pressure checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Do not let any other person touch the gel, solution, or the treated part of your skin.
    • If a woman or child touches the gel, she/he needs to wash the skin with soap and water.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.

    Side Effects

    • Enlarged breasts.
    • Headache.
    • Emotional ups and downs.
    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Erection that lasts more than 4 hours.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad swelling.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Any signs from touching topical gel or solution to skin of children or women. These include pimples, forceful actions, enlarged sex organs, and changes in body hair.
    • Yellow skin or eyes.
    • Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.