Doctor insights on:
Androderm Vs Androgel
Neither: Androgel & Androderm (along w/axiron, fortesta, striant & testim) are just different forms of testosterone. None are better for everyone. It all depends upon cost to you (think insurance or lack thereof) as well as route & frequency of application. Of course, there's always injectable testosterone, too, which is typically cheapest but it's a shot, at least once weekly.
Gel vs injection: Testosterone replacement therapy, or trt, can be done with shots (typically administered every 2-3 weeks) or a daily application of a gel or cream. Both methods are fda-approved. Shots increase t levels rapidly and taper off slowly until the next shot. The topical method, in my opinion, is superior in that it mimics more closely how t is secreted naturally by your body.See 1 more doctor answer
Androderm (testosterone): The patches generally have more difficulty as they don't stay on. The gels are alcohol based and probably have better therapeutic levels
I like androgel: If you read the product inserts the best levels are with androgel. There are no head to head studies that are good.See 1 more doctor answer
Equally effective: Both are equally effective in supplementing testosterone in hypogonadal men and are approved by the fda for such. It's a matter of personal preference as well as formulary coverage. Risk of Androderm is adhesive dermatitis or rash from patch. Risk from AndroGel is transfer to partner or kids. These specific risks are in addition to general risks associated w/testosterone in any other shape or form.
I start testosterone at 40 44 yers old im now 48 years old im in 10 mg androgel can I stay in that all my life do well make a major prob for long use?
I am not in favor: We doctors do not know the safety of long term use of testosterone because it has not been used or study for long term use. It does seem to increase the risk of heart disease. Unless testosterone is extremely low I like my patients to exercise, lose weight and build muscle mass in order to raise testosterone naturally. Did you know that body fat converts testosterone to estrogen?See 1 more doctor answer
Anastrozole may help: Some guys have low testosterone (t) and high Estradiol (e2), especially if overweight. Fat tissue contains aromatase which converts t into e2. If your t divided by your e2 (t/e2 ratio) is under 10 you may be able to raise t and lower e2 with Anastrozole 1 mg a day (off-label use). This is a better choice than testosterone replacement if you want fertility, but sperm improvements are often modest.See 1 more doctor answer
Safer Med: Gel is safer compared to injection. But if you are looking for more effective one, it will be injection.
What the defrenc btween my own testosterone and testosterone replacement like androgel and is the same risk I can have frome my own testosterone?
There is a differenc: U are unlikely to have any problems as a result of your own testosterone, if it is within normal range. Low native testosterone can result in lack of energy, drive, libido ; erectile dysfunction.Androgel is associated with numerous side effects such as priapism (continued painful erection), breast enlargement, less commonly painful breasts, high BP etc, rarely heart attacks, stroke ; blood clots.
Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them.
No: Not enough testosterone in the injectable solution. And also a different diluent to deliver the testosterone.
If I'm on androgel 10mg for 6 years it meen my body not produce natural testosterone and the testicle stop producing?
Androgel: Hi, yes, the exogenous testosterone can suppress the FSH/LH? Testosterone pathway by suppressing the LH/FSH (the hormones secreted by Pituitary gland and stimulate the testis to produce Testosterone), therefore the natural production of Testosterone decreases and also the Testis could shrink down nd also the production of sperms get disturbed.
Low levels. Is it more effective (more testosterone absortion) to apply androgel 1% on shoulders or stomachs? Any recommendations?
Shoulders: More convenient. Effect probably same as stomach areaSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello, I recently had a testosterone test done which was 386ng. I'm taking androgel 1.62% and now experiencing erection difficulties?
Other causes: Testosterone has a "permissive" effect on erectile function -- a little bit is all that is required. There are multiple physical and psychological causes for erectile dysfunction that have nothing to do with testosterone. What is your free testosterone level and was your test done in the morning. There is a chance you may need a slight increase in AndroGel (?).See 1 more doctor answer
What is the main cause of low t? And is there anything that can be done to increase testosterone without taking axiron, androgel, ect.
LOW T: There are some medical conditions that can lead to low t and treating these can help. The definition of low is the issue. It should be drawn at 0800 and other tests need to be drawn to help diagnose other issues that can cause it. T replacement is costly and can lead to the testes no longer producing their own t. An endocrinologist is the real specialist in the hormone producing glands.See 1 more doctor answer
About two years ago I was out on androgel, I would like to get back to a testosterone supplement again. Is there something better out now?
Testosterone Supp: First things first. Just because your T was low 2 years ago doesn't mean it still is. You should visit primary care and have it checked again. Because levels vary it should be remeasured twice about 3 weeks apart. If low on both, your doctor can prescribe supplement. There are 2 other gel products available now, plus patches or inj. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!See 1 more doctor answer
Got prescribed testosterone injections to replace my androgel 1%. How long after my last pack of androgel I have to wait before starting injections?
What the defrenc btween my own testosterone and testosterone replacement by androgel and why treatment of low t are lots of riski'm not my own t?
Testosterone: If you have low testosterone on your own you will benefit from AndroGel or other testosterone therapies. There are potential side effects but that should be monitored by the doctor prescribing your androgel. I monitor psa, hgb/hct, and hdl. If the results indicate possible side effects based on the above labs, discuss this with your doctor.