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Testosterone is the primary male or androgen “sex hormone” in the body. Men produce testosterone in their testes and womenmake small amounts of testosterone in their ovaries and adrenal glands. Testosterone is responsible for a variety of functions in the body, including the growth of facial hair and increased bone and muscle mass. Levels of testosterone in the blood fluctuate throughout a man’s life.
Testosterone replacement therapy
Low testosterone blood level is the main reason that men seek replacement therapy. Low testosterone may not cause health problems in all men and not all men with low testosterone need replacement therapy. You and your physician may decide to try testosterone replacement if you experience:- Depression
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sex drive
- Decreased muscle mass
- Low energy level
- Poor concentration
Forms of testosterone replacement therapy
The most common testosterone therapy are skin creams or gels. Testosterone topical formulations are a safe and affordable option for men seeking testosterone replacement. Skin patches or injections of testosterone are also options. Oral testosterone pills are available but are typically not recommended, due to negative effects on the liver.
Side Effects and Other Information
Testosterone topical use may cause side effects such as:
> Skin irritation or rash
> Breast enlargement
> Increased sex drive
> Mood swings
> Swelling of the limbs
> Skin color changes
> Hair loss
If you notice any side effects when using testosterone supplementation, contact your physician immediately. Be sure to follow your pharmacist’s skin care directions before and after applying topical testosterone. Long-term testosterone supplementation has not been well-studied and benefits and risks are largely unknown.
If you have one of the following conditions, discuss testosterone supplementation with your physician before use:
- Prostate cancer
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy
- Sleep apnea
- Heart problems, such as heart failure
- Circulation problems, such as blood clots
- Blood level abnormalities, such as high hematocrit (polycythemia)
Testosterone – From a Trusted Source
Some commercially prepared testosterone topical formulations may contain varying amounts of the active ingredient.
CareFirst Specialty Pharmacy works with your physician to create custom testosterone topical creams and gels for your individual needs.
Use the medication as prescribed by your doctor.
The information provided is not intended to cover all possible uses. This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. If you have questions about the use of your prescription, please contact your prescriber. Use the medication as prescribed by your doctor. The information provided is not intended to cover all possible uses. This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. If you have questions about the use of your prescription, please contact your prescriber.
References : - Ullah, M., Riche, D., Koch, C. Transdermal testosterone replacement therapy in men. Drug Des Ther. 2014; 8: 101-112. Published online 2014 Jan 9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3891651/ - Testosterone Topical Drug Information.https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a605020.html - Testosterone Replacement Therapy. WebMD.http://www.webmd.com/men/guide/testosterone-replacement-therapy-is-it-right-for-you?page=2#2