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TESTOGELģ

How does it work?
How do I take it?
What side effects can be expected?
Other medicines or substances which might interfere with your treatment
Storing your medicine

Testogel is the trade name of a sachet of Testosterone gel containing 50mg of Testosterone  in 5g of colourless gel.

How does it work?

Testosterone is the male sex hormone which is produced in the testes (testicles) and which is responsible for regulating sexual function and other metabolic activity in men. It is underproduced in the condition known as male hypogonadism. Testogel is a gel containing testosterone which is applied to the skin and absorbed through the skin for up to 24 hours after application. It is therefore a form of testosterone hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for men with hypogonadism. It is not for use in women.

How do I take it?

Testosterone is not very effective if taken by mouth. It is however gradually absorbed into the circulation when applied to the skin surface as Testogel . The usual dose is one sachet of 5g gel (50mg testosterone) applied onto clean, dry healthy skin over both shoulders, or both arms or abdomen. Do not apply to the genital areas. Testogel  can be transferred to others by close skin contact and result in inadvertent androgenisation if repeated contact occurs. To prevent this wash hands after application, apply to areas where such contact will not occur, or wash off before contact or wear clothing over application area. The dose may be adjusted upwards to 100 mg (two sachets) in stages of 25mg (half a sachet) depending upon the individualís response.

What side effects can be expected?

        Testogel  may result in redness, itching or rash which develops at or around the site of application. If allergic reactions of this type occur, you should stop the gel and inform your Doctor.

        Irritability, nervousness, aggression, temper worsening, weight gain, prolonged and frequent erections may indicate excessive dosage requiring dose adjustment.

        There is a tendency for people to retain fluid and salt while on treatment. This would potentially aggravate hypertension, heart conditions such as angina or heart failure, liver failure and kidney complaints; stop the gel and consult your doctor..

        As treatment can stimulate the growth of the prostate gland, you are likely to receive a prostate check up from time to time.

        Other reported occasional side effects are headaches, enlargement of the breasts, dizziness, sensation changes, mood disturbances, and alopecia.

Other medicines or substances which might interfere with your treatment

Testosterone and related medicines can increase the effect of warfarin (an anticoagulant) so increasing the risk of bleeding. This is only likely to be a problem when treatment is started and for a short period afterwards. It is easily overcome by adjusting the dose of warfarin.

Storing your medicine

Testogel  should be stored in a cool place and not close to a radiator, fire, etc. Each sachet should be opened and applied immediately.

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NHS Tayside; 2006; version 1.0

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