AndroGel

Generic Name: Testosterone

  • What is AndroGel?

    AndroGel is a medicine used to treat a condition called hypogonadism (inability of your body to produce enough testosterone).

  • What is the most important information I should know about AndroGel?

    AndroGel can transfer from your body to others. This can happen if other people come into contact with the area where the AndroGel was applied to your skin.

    Signs of puberty that are not expected have happened in young children who were accidentally exposed to testosterone through contact with men using AndroGel. Stop using AndroGel and call your doctor right away if you see any signs and symptoms in a child or a woman that may have occurred through accidental exposure to AndroGel.

    People with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are at an increased risk for worsening signs and symptoms of BPH when being treated with AndroGel. AndroGel may also increase the risk of prostate cancer in men.

    AndroGel may 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. It may also cause severe liver problems, blood clots in the legs, increased cholesterol levels, worsened sleep apnea, a disorder in which your breathing pauses during sleep; lower sperm counts (in large doses); and increased risk for developing enlarged, painful breasts.

  • Who should not take AndroGel?

    Do not use AndroGel if you have breast cancer or prostate cancer.

    Women should not use AndroGel.

    Do not use AndroGel if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including alcohol and soy products.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of AndroGel?

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

  • 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.

    Adults: The usual starting dose of AndroGel is 5 grams (g) applied once daily to clean, dry, intact skin of the shoulders and upper arms and/or abdomen.

  • How should I take AndroGel?

    Apply AndroGel once a day at the same time each day, preferably in the morning (after a shower or bath). Apply the gel to clean, dry, unbroken skin on your shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen. Do not apply AndroGel to the genitals or to skin with open wounds or irritation. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after you apply AndroGel; allow a few minutes for the medication to dry before putting your clothes on.

  • What should I avoid while taking AndroGel?

    Avoid touching other people while you have AndroGel on your hands.

    Avoid showering or swimming for 5-6 hours after application.

    Avoid any open flames or smoking until the medication dries.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with AndroGel?

    If AndroGel 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 AndroGel with anticoagulants (blood thinners), corticosteroids, insulin, oxyphenbutazone, or propranolol.

  • What are the possible side effects of AndroGel?

    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: acne, breast development/discomfort, emotional problems such as depression, sleep problems, local skin irritation, prostate enlargement, swelling

    Talk to your doctor if you develop: breathing problems, difficulty urinating, nausea, prolonged or frequent erections, vomiting, yellowing of the skin or eyes

  • Can I receive AndroGel if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    This drug should not be used by women. Women should avoid coming into contact with people who are using AndroGel.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of AndroGel?

    If your next dose is less than 12 hours away, wait and take it then. Do not take the skipped dose. If it is more than 12 hours until your next dose, take the dose you missed. Resume your normal dosing the next day. If you miss a dose, do not double your next dose.

  • How should I store AndroGel?

    Store at room temperature.

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