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Testosterone Topical solution

It supports normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice

Generic Name: testosterone topical

Brand Names: Androgel 2.5 G/Packet, Axiron, Androgel Pump 1.25 G/Actuation, Androgel 5 G/Packet, Androgel, Testim

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

  • Risk of virilization in children and women following secondary exposure to testosterone in topically administered testosterone gel. Advise children and women to avoid contact with application sites of men using testosterone gel. (See Virilization in Children and Women from Secondary Exposure to Testosterone under Cautions.)
  • Advise men using testosterone gel to strictly adhere to recommended instructions for use. (See Administration under Dosage and Administration.)


FDA approved a REMS for testosterone to ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks. The REMS may apply to one or more preparations of testosterone and consists of the following: medication guide. See the FDA REMS page ([Web]) or the ASHP REMS Resource Center ([Web]).

What is this medicine?

TESTOSTERONE (tes TOS ter one) is the main male hormone. It supports normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice. This medicine is used in males to treat low testosterone levels.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-breast cancer
-breathing problems while you sleep (sleep apnea)
-heart disease
-if a female partner is pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-kidney disease
-liver disease
-lung disease
-prostate cancer, enlargement
-an unusual or allergic reaction to testosterone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is applied at the same time every day (preferably in the morning) to clean, dry, intact skin of the armpit. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you take a bath or shower in the morning, apply the medicine after the bath or shower. If you use deodorants or antiperspirants, use them at least 2 minutes before applying this medicine. Only apply this medicine to the armpits. Do not use on any other body part. To use, remove the cap and the applicator cup from the pump. Fully depress the pump once to dispense solution into the applicator cup. With the applicator cup held upright, wipe the solution down and up into the armpit. Do not use your fingers or hand to rub the medicine into the skin. Allow the skin to dry a few minutes before putting on clothing. The skin solution is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, or smoking until the solution has dried. Wash your hands after use. Avoid bathing or swimming for at least 2 hours after you apply the medicine.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

-certain medicines for diabetes
-certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
-steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

Last Updated: December 02, 2010
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