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Alternative Treatments For Low Testosterone
Many options: First find out why the testosterone is low before treatment. If no secondary cause is found, then you can treat using a variety of options: oral pill (not recommended), injection, patch, gel, and products that absorb through your gum (buccal). Talk to your doctor about the appropriateness of each option for you individually. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If you have been diagnosed with low testosterone, you need to find out if this is related to a problem with your testicles or your pituitary gland. If the problem is in your testicles, you have no option other than testosterone treatment. If the problem is in the pituitary, you first need to make sure you don't have a tumor causing it. Most people don't. One can then try clomiphene. ...Read more
Insurance doesn't cover medications for low testosterone is there any over-the-counter treatment for low testosterone?
Cost: Over the counter products are not effective.The best way to replace low testosterone is either with testosterone gel or as intramuscular injections.Both of these need to be prescribed by your doctor.You do have the option of paying for it out of pocket if your insurance does not cover it.In this case the intramuscular injection is cheaper. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Been feeling down with low energy. Just discovered I have low testosterone. With treatment how quickly can I feel better?
Here are some ...: If your "problem" really results from low-T, you should feel better in 2 weeks if testosterone supplement is well abosbed. However, the bottom concern is still why you have low-T at 36. Over the past 2 decades, more younger men have low-T because of their uncontrolled undesirable "free" lifestyle leading to self-destruction with overindulgence and obsession in drugs, overeating, less physical... ...Read more
I think i might have low testosterone, but traditional treatment worries me for the effect it might have on my mood/temperament. What're my options?
Go see your doctor: You think you have low t but you need to have your family doc confirm it before considering treatment options, much less side effects. Before even going that far, give your youth, you also need to consider more extensive evaluation as to why your t is low, if indeed that is the case, eg you had mumps orchitis, testicular trauma, bilateral orchiectomy, hemochromatosis, or pituitary adenoma, etc. ...Read more
Many: Decrease libido, erectile dysfunction, depression, mental fogginess/fuzziness, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, loss of muscle, increased weight gain, decreased facial hair and osteoporosis. Several ways to administer testosterone, the best is with transdermal gels which most effectively reproduce normal levels and diurnal variation. ...Read more
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: As long as appropriate screening for latent prostate cancer is performed, then older men can safely take it if they need it. Interestingly, there are new studies that suggest safety in localized cancer w/low gleason scores during active monitoring but this should definitely be discussed w/your uro-oncologist. But final answer is yes, men of any age w/low t can be treated safely w/benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low Testosterone ,me: There are several brand name testosterone products available. There are injections which do not provide a smooth level of testosterone. Better are the topicals of which there are many. Cheapest is in the form of a cream or gel which can be compiled by your local pharmacy on your doctors prescription. The brand products are much more expensive and arguably no better. ...Read more
Treat if symptomatic: No treatment if no symptoms like erectile dysfunction, lack of energy or sex drive or depression. If symptomatic, best managed by endocrinologist who can prescribe :- hormonal skin gel like testim or androgel, andrderm skin patch, intra muscular injections on bi-weekly basis or pellet implant. ...Read more
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