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Testosterone (Absorbed through the skin)

Testosterone (tes-TOS-ter-one)

Treats low testosterone levels. Testosterone is a male hormone.

Brand Name(s):

Androderm

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to testosterone, or if you have breast cancer or prostate cancer.

How to Use This Medicine:

Patch

  • Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Do not use more patches or apply them more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch.
  • Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
  • The patient instructions will show the body areas where you can wear the patch. When putting on each new patch, choose a different place within these areas. Do not put the new patch on the same place you wore the last one. Be sure to remove the old patch before applying a new one.
  • Apply the patch to clean, dry skin with very little hair on your back, abdomen, upper arms, or thighs. Apply the patch at about the same time every night. Rotate your application site each time you apply a new patch. Wait at least 7 days before you apply the patch to the same site.
  • Do not put the patch over burns, cuts, or irritated skin. Do not put the patch on oily or sweaty skin. Always remove the old patch before you apply a new one.
  • Bathing or swimming should not affect the patch. Wait for at least 3 hours after you apply the patch before you shower or swim. Heavy exercise and sweating may cause the patch to fall off.
  • Missed dose: If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Fold the used patch in half with the sticky sides together. Throw any used patch away so that children or pets cannot get to it. You will also need to throw away old patches after the expiration date has passed.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how testosterone works. Tell your doctor if you are using the following:
    • Insulin
    • Steroid medicine (such as hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone)
    • A blood thinner (such as warfarin)

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, an enlarged prostate, lung disease, or sleep apnea.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Enlarged prostate
    • Increased risk of prostate cancer
    • Blood clot in your leg or lung
    • Lower sperm count
    • Liver problems
  • The skin patch contains aluminum, which may cause skin burns if you have a procedure called a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. You must remove the patch before an MRI.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate, trouble urinating
  • Chest pain, trouble breathing, coughing up blood
  • Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
  • Pain, redness, or swelling in your arm or leg
  • Severe skin blisters, redness, swelling, or burning where the patch is applied
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Swollen breasts

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 12/4/2014


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