Testim

Generic Name: Testosterone

  • What is Testim?

    Testim is a gel 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 Testim?

    Children should avoid contact with the unwashed or unclothed area where Testim has been applied. Signs of puberty that are not expected (such as pubic hair) have occurred in young children who were accidentally exposed to testosterone through contact with men using Testim.

    Stop using Testim and call your doctor right away if you notice symptoms of accidental exposure in a child or a woman. Signs in children include enlarged penis or clitoris, early development of pubic hair, increased erections or sex drive, and aggressive behavior. Signs in women include changes in body hair or a large increase in acne.

  • Who should not take Testim?

    Do not use Testim if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, including soy, or if you have male breast cancer or prostate cancer. Women should not use Testim. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid contact with the area of skin where Testim has been applied.

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

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

    Your doctor will determine the dose based on your age and the condition being treated.

  • How should I take Testim?

    Apply Testim only to the areas of your shoulder and upper arms that will be covered by clothing. Apply the gel at the same time each day. Do not apply Testim to your penis, scrotum, or abdomen.

    Replace the cap and throw away the tube in the trash out of the reach of children to avoid accidental exposure. Wash your hands with soap and water right away after applying the gel. Let the application areas dry for a few minutes before putting on clothing. Wait at least 2 hours after applying before showering or swimming to make sure Testim is absorbed into your body.

    Testim is flammable until dry. Let the gel dry before smoking or going near an open flame.

  • What should I avoid while taking Testim?

    Avoid accidentally exposing women or children to the gel by adhering to the precautions for application listed above.

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

    If Testim is taken 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 Testim with the following: propranolol, corticosteroids, insulin, or oxyphenbutazone.

  • What are the possible side effects of Testim?

    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: skin irritation, increased red blood cell count, decreased sperm count, headache, increased blood pressure, swelling of the ankles, feet, or body, enlarged or painful breasts, problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea), blood clots in the legs, frequent or prolonged erections

  • Can I receive Testim 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 Testim?

    Speak to your doctor if you miss a dose.

  • How should I store Testim?

    Testim should be stored in a cool, dry place.

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