What is Androderm?Androderm is a patch that delivers testosterone through the skin. It is prescribed for men whose bodies do not produce enough testosterone.
What is the most important information I should know about Androderm?Supplementary testosterone may increase the risk of prostate cancer. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of prostate problems.
Androderm may cause severe liver problems. It may also cause your body to retain more sodium and water than is needed, which can have serious consequences if you have heart, kidney, or liver disease.
Who should not take Androderm?Do not take Androderm if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or if you have known or suspected prostate cancer or male breast cancer. Androderm should not be used by women.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Androderm?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Androderm. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history or are suspected of having breast or prostate cancer, heart disease, or liver or kidney disease.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
The usual starting dose is one 5-milligram (mg) patch or two 2.5-mg patches per 24 hours for a total dose of 5 mg per day.
How should I take Androderm?Apply Androderm at the same time every evening (between 8 pm and midnight) and replace the old patch with a new one every 24 hours.
Apply Androderm patches to clean, dry areas. Avoid areas of the skin that are oily, prone to perspiration, or are covered with hair. Only apply the patch to the skin of the back, abdomen, upper arms, or thigh. Do NOT apply the patch to the scrotum. Avoid bony areas such as the shoulders and hips as well as areas that get the greatest pressure while you are sleeping or sitting. You should change the application site each day of the week, waiting 7 days before reusing a site.
Apply the patch(es) by pressing it firmly in place immediately after you take it out of the storage pouch. Leave the patch(es) in place for a full 24 hours.
If an Androderm patch falls off, try to reapply it. If it cannot be reapplied and it is before noon, apply a new patch. If it is after noon, wait until the evening and apply a new patch at the regularly scheduled time.
What should I avoid while taking Androderm?Avoid undergoing an MRI while wearing a testosterone patch. Burns have been reported at the patch site.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Androderm?If Androderm is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Androderm with insulin, oxyphenbutazone, or anticoagulants (blood thinners).
What are the possible side effects of Androderm?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: itching, burn-like blister, or redness at application site; headache
Talk to your doctor if you develop: too frequent or persistent erections, nausea or vomiting, jaundice, or ankle swelling.
Can I receive Androderm if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Testosterone is intended for use only by men and must not be used by women. If used during pregnancy, it can cause serious harm to the developing baby.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Androderm?Apply the patch as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next application, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not apply two patches at the same time unless instructed by your doctor.
How should I store Androderm?Store at room temperature. Do not store outside of the pouch provided.
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