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testosterone topical (generic name)

(tes TOS ter one): An androgens and anabolic steroid - It supports normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice
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Testosterone Topical gel

What may interact with this medicine?

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. They will need to check the level of testosterone in your blood.

Female partners may absorb some testosterone if they come into direct contact with the skin area to which the gel has been applied. This may include contact during sexual activity. If a partner has contact with the skin treated with the gel, they should wash their skin with soap and water as soon as they can to remove any gel. Check with a health care professional if your female partner has any changes in body hair, voice, or acne. Also, a female partner who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant should avoid contact with the gel or treated skin.

This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

This drug is banned from use in athletes by most athletic organizations.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breast enlargement
  • breathing problems
  • changes in mood, especially anger, depression, or rage
  • dark urine
  • general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite, nausea
  • nausea, vomiting
  • right upper belly pain
  • stomach pain
  • swelling of ankles
  • too frequent or persistent erections
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Last Updated

February 27, 2009

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