Androderm

Generic Name: Testosterone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Androderm is a medicine used to treat adult men with hypogonadism (an inability of your body to produce enough testosterone).

    Androderm is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Androderm works by replacing testosterone, helping to restore normal levels in your body.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Androderm has been shown to effectively treat hypogonadism, and may improve symptoms such as inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection, decreased sexual desire, fatigue, or depression.

    When: Studies have shown that most people had normal average testosterone levels after 28 days of treatment.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your symptoms when you start using Androderm. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may also order tests regularly to check your testosterone levels.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    Androderm is a federally controlled substance because it can be abused. Keep Androderm in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Androderm can harm others, and is against the law.

    More common side effects may include: skin redness, irritation, burning, or blisters where Androderm is applied; back pain.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Worsening of benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlargement of the prostate gland, which may in turn block the flow of urine), with symptoms such as increased urination at night, trouble starting your urine stream, having to pass urine many times during the day, having an urge that you have to go to the bathroom right away, having a urine accident, being unable to pass urine, or having a weak urine flow.

    Possible increased risk of prostate cancer.

    Blood clots in your legs, with symptoms such as pain, swelling, and redness of your legs.

    Decreased sperm count, enlarged or painful breasts, or sleep apnea (stopping breathing temporarily during sleep).

    Swelling of your ankles, feet, or body, with or without heart failure.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Androderm if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not use Androderm if you have known or suspected prostate cancer or breast cancer.

    Androderm should not be used by women.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Androderm. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, kidney, or liver problems; diabetes; urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate; sleep apnea; or if you have breast cancer or prostate cancer.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is one 4-milligram patch once a day. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Apply Androderm exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop applying Androderm without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Apply Androderm at about the same time each night. Change your Androderm patch every 24 hours. Remove your old patch before applying the new one.

    Apply Androderm patches to your back, abdomen, upper arms, or thighs only. Do not apply the patch to any other part of your body. Before applying Androderm, make sure the area is clean, dry, and there is no broken skin.

    Rotate your application site every day. Do not use a site that you have used before for at least 7 days.

    Wait 3 hours before showering, bathing, or swimming. This will ensure that the greatest amount of Androderm is absorbed into your body.

    Androderm does not need to be removed during sexual intercourse or while you take a shower or bath.

    If your Androderm patch becomes loose, smooth it down again by rubbing your finger firmly around the edges. Do not tape Androderm patches to your skin.

    If your Androderm patch falls off before noon, put on a new patch and wear it until you put on a new patch at your regular time. However, if your Androderm patch falls off after noon, do not put on a new one. Wait and apply your Androderm patch at your regular time.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not expose women and children to the medication on your Androderm patch.

    Do not wear an Androderm patch if you are getting an MRI. Burns have been reported at the patch site.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    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 healthcare provider before combining Androderm with the following: blood thinners (such as warfarin), corticosteroids (such as prednisone), insulin, or triamcinolone.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Androderm is not for use in women.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Androderm, apply the patch as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your 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 healthcare provider.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Do not store outside of the sealed protective foil pouch.

    To safely throw away your used Androderm patch, fold it in half so that the sticky sides stick together and throw it away in the household trash.

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