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AndroGel Packets

Generic name: testosterone topical [tes-TOS-ter-one-TOP-i-kal]
Names of brands: Androderm, AndroGel Pump 1.25 g/actuation, Fortesta, Testim, Testosterone (Eqv-AndroGel Packets),… Show the nine brands
The class of drugs: androgens and anabolic steroids

What are AndroGel packets?

Testosterone is a naturally occurring male hormone that is essential for many functions within the body. AndroGel packs (for the face) are used to treat a variety of conditions in males that are caused by the lack of testosterone in their natural Testosterone is not a way to improve sports performance and shouldn't be used to enhance athletic performance. AndroGel AndroGel packs could be used for other purposes not covered in this medication guide.

Side effects of Androgel Packets

Contact a medical professional immediately in the event that you exhibit symptoms that indicate an allergy, such as symptoms of hives, breathing difficulties, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Androgel packets may cause serious side effects. Stop taking androgel packets immediately and contact your physician immediately in case you experience:

  • Increased frequency of urination (many times each day) in addition to loss of bladder control
  • Uncomfortable or difficult to urinate;
  • The breasts, swelling, or pain;
  • Unpleasant or uncomfortable sexual erections that are painful or uncomfortable;
  • Swelling and weight gain; rapid weight gain; shortness of breath at night;
  • Chest discomfort or pressure that is spreading into your shoulder or jaw;
  • Liver problems: nausea nausea, stomach pain, itching, fatigue, and loss of appetite black stools, dark urine, and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin);
  • Indications for a blood clot within the lung, such as chest pain, abrupt breathing, wheezing or rapid breathing, and coughing up blood or
  • Symptoms of a blood clot deep within the body, such as swelling and warmth or redness on the foot or an arm.

The testosterone in the skin is taken via the skin and can trigger adverse effects or signs of male characteristics in a woman or child who comes into close contact with androgel packets. Call your doctor if you notice that a person who comes in close proximity to you is experiencing enlarged genitals, excessive pubic hair, greater testosterone levels, aggressive behaviour, male-pattern hair loss, excessive growth of body hair, acne growth, an irregular menstrual cycle, or any indication of male traits.

Common adverse effects of androgel packets might include:

  • Itching, redness of the skin, or hardened irritations that occurred when the medication was applied or the patch of skin was placed
  • Increased red blood cells (may cause headaches, dizziness or redness on your face, or muscular discomfort);
  • An increase in prostate-specific antigen
  • Raised blood pressure.
  • Headache;
  • Mood changes, strange dreams;
  • Often or long-lasting erections;
  • Nausea, vomiting, or
  • Swelling in your lower legs.

This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You can report symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

Testosterone, depo-testosterone, Xyosted, HCG, pregnyl, and chorionic gonadotropin (hcg)


It is not recommended to take this medication if you suffer from prostate cancer or male breast cancer. Topically absorbed testosterone can be absorbed via the skin and may cause negative side effects or male characteristics in a child or woman that comes into contact with the medicine. Call your doctor when someone who is in close contact with you experiences larger pubic hair, premature genitals, and libido increases aggression, male-pattern baldness, excess growth of body hair, more male-pattern acne, an irregular cycle, or any indication of male traits. Testosterone may harm an unborn baby. A woman who is pregnant must avoid contact with this medication or on the skin of a man in the area where the medication has been applied. A misuse of testosterone may cause irreparable harm or even death. Never use more than the dose you are prescribed. Don't share this medication with anyone else.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't take androgel packets if you are sensitive to testosterone patches or gels or are suffering from

  • Prostate cancer; or
  • Male breast cancer.

Speak to your doctor if you have ever suffered from:

  • Prostate cancer or breast cancer;
  • Prostate enlargement prostate and urinary issues
  • Heart-related problems;
  • A heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
  • Sleep apnea (breathing stops while sleeping) (also known as
  • Kidney or liver disease

The transdermal testosterone patch could cause skin irritation when you wear it during the course of an mri (magnetic radiography). Take off the patch prior to undergoing the test. Utilising testosterone could increase the chance of developing prostate cancer. Consult your physician about this possibility. Testosterone could lower the number of sperm cells in your body. It can also impact fertility (your capacity to have children). This medication is not recommended for women. Testosterone may harm an unborn child. A woman who is pregnant must avoid contact with AndroGel Packets patches or gels or men's skin areas that have patches put on or gel applied. If contact occurs, then wash the area by using water and soap immediately afterward.Do not use AndroGel packets on anyone younger than 18 years old.

How to take AndroGel packets?

Follow all instructions on the prescription label and also read the medication guides or instructions sheets. Make sure you use the medicine exactly as prescribed. Don't make use of AndroGel packets in greater quantities or for longer than what is prescribed.

The misuse of testosterone could result in dangerous or irreparable consequences, such as enlarged breasts, smaller testicles, the inability to conceive, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, liver disease, bone growth issues, addiction, and mental health issues like anger and aggression.Don't share this medicine with anyone else. Different kinds of testosterone topical products have different guidelines for usage. It is not the case that every brand of this drug is used on the same areas of skin. Certain products are applied to the upper arm or stomach. Others can be applied to the legs or the arms below. Follow the instructions for your patient included in your prescription.

Take note of and follow the Instructions for Use that are included along with your medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist for clarification if you are unsure of these directions.

Avoid applying AndroGel packets to your scrotum or penis. Certain brands of this medication are not recommended for application to the chest, back, or stomach area. Apply this drug only to the areas of your skin that are recommended by your particular type of topical testosterone.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water prior to or after you apply testosterone transdermal. Apply testosterone gel to dry skin after bathing or showering. The gel should dry for a minimum of 5 minutes prior to dressing. Testosterone gel is flammable. Don't use it near extreme temperatures or in open flames. Don't smoke until the gel is completely dry on your skin. Protect the skin area by covering it with clothing to prevent being exposed to this medication by other people. If anyone else comes into contact with the treated skin area, they should clean the affected area using soapy water. Store each skin patch in the pouch of foil when you're ready to apply it. Make sure you don't apply a patch to your damaged or cut skin.

Apply the transdermal patch to a flat, clean, dry, unaffected area of your skin, such as your stomach, back, upper arm, or thigh. Apply the patch for 24 hours, remove it, and apply a brand new patch. Select a different skin region every time you apply an additional patch. Make sure you don't apply to the same area of skin for more than 7 days. You might require regular blood tests.Keep it at room temperature. Don't freeze. Make sure you keep track of your medication. You must be aware if you are using the medicine improperly and without a prescription.After removing the patches of skin, fold it over by putting the sticky side inside, and then throw it away. Place the used patches and testosterone tubes that are empty in a trash bin that children and pets cannot access.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you are able, but avoid the dose you missed if it is close to time for the next dose. Don't apply two doses at once.

If a patch of skin falls off at the beginning of the day, reapply it. If it doesn't stick well, you can apply the patch again. If the patch is removed in the afternoon and is unable to be replaced, you should wait until the regular patch replacement time is in the evening before applying the new patch.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Don't put AndroGel packets on your penis or scrotum.

Avoid bathing, swimming, or showering for at least 2 hours following the application of testosterone gel. Follow the instructions provided by the particular brand.

Avoid applying creams, oils, or other products to the skin in the area where you'll be applying the patch. The patch might not stick well to your skin.

Use caution when using an ointment version of any steroid-based skin medication your physician recommends for treating skin irritation that is caused by a testosterone skin patch. This includes over-the-counter hydrocortisone.

Interaction with other drugs

Discuss with your doctor your other medications, particularly:

  • Insulin;
  • A bleeding thinner (warfarin, coumadin, jantoven)
  • The steroid medicine (methylprednisolone, prednisone, and many others)

This list isn't complete. Other medications may impact testosterone, such as prescription and OTC medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. There are many possible interactions between drugs. are listed here.




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