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how would someone get a prescription for testosterone androgel?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is testosterone deficiency diagnosed?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
History and Labs: History indicates this may be present. Any male suffering fatigue and having erectile dysfunction should have testosterone levels. I like to use both total testosterone and free testosterone levels to verify deficiency. I also get a psa (prostate cancer blood test) to make sure prostate cancer is not present prior to starting testosterone replacement in someone proven to need it.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does testosterone have an effect on the heart?

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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Seems so: There have been a number of studies over the past couple of years that show that cardiovascular events (heart attacks) are higher in men who are on replacement testosterone.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can testosterone cause a rapid heartbeat?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Yes, rarely: Although rare, rapid heart beat has been described with testosterone use. One mechanism of this is that rarely testosterone can cause a drop in blood sugar. This can result in a rapid hearbeat as the body releases adrenaline in response to the low blood sugar level.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are intramuscular testosterone shots for?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Raising low levels: Some men can't make enough testosterone. For them, testosterone replacement therapy can have a dramatic impact on improving their quality of life. Intramuscular shots of testosterone are one way of increasing low levels. If the levels were too low, the shots can improve insomnia, mental clarity, strength, libido and many other issues. Too much can lead to serious medical problems.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What foods can increase testosterone levels?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not many: Unless you are having a specific deficiency, the only thing you can do try to allow your body to make more testosterone is eat a balanced healthy diet. There is no food that will force the testicles to make testosterone. Zinc deficiency may cause low testosterone but it is rare.

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