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Which is better androgel or androderm (testosterone)?

Which is better androgel or androderm (testosterone)?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin
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Which is more effective? Testosterone injection or androgel?

Which is more effective? Testosterone injection or androgel?

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. ...Read more

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Please tell me if androderm (testosterone) is better than androgel?

Please tell me if androderm (testosterone) is better than androgel?

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 ...Read more

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Any testoserone product better androgel or androderm (testosterone)?

Any testoserone product better androgel or androderm (testosterone)?

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. ...Read more

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Which is better/absorbs better: androderm or androgel or testosterone injection?

Obviously injection: But they all are quite oily and all get in. They ALL are far more than the body makes so, they all have effects. This includes growth of the tissue that clogs arteries, so.......... ...Read more

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Which testoserone product is more effective androgel or androderm (testosterone)?

Which testoserone product is more effective androgel or androderm (testosterone)?

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. ...Read more

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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 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? ...Read more

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What is the best way to increase my testosterone level without androgel?

What is the best way to increase my testosterone level without androgel?

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. ...Read more

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Which superior of testosterone replacement and safer i, njection or androgel?

Safer Med: Gel is safer compared to injection.
But if you are looking for more effective one, it will be injection. ...Read more

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What the defrenc btween my own testosterone and testosterone replacement like androgel and is the same risk I can have frome my own testosterone?

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. ...Read more

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How would someone get a prescription for testosterone androgel?

How would someone get a prescription for testosterone androgel?

Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 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 (?). ...Read more

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What is the main cause of low t? And is there anything that can be done to increase testosterone without taking axiron, androgel, ect.

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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Got prescribed testosterone injections to replace my androgel 1%. How long after my last pack of androgel I have to wait before starting injections?

Depends: That depends on if your last pack had 25 mg testosterone or 50mg or one that delivers 12.5mg per actuation. It is best to check with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do you recommend androgel for low testosterone? I am 59 years old. Have been using it about two weeks.

Do you recommend androgel for low testosterone? I am 59 years old.  Have been using it about two weeks.

Hypogonadism: Androgel is one of the many options for treating hypogonadism. It is one of the most expensive option. But when used correctly, under a physician's management, it can effectively treat this common malady. ...Read more

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Does androgel 1% will increase my low testosterone back to normal? Yes or no and if it yes how soon will be?

Possibly BUT...: Low testosterone (t) at your age is very unusual. The big problem with AndroGel ; other t replacement is that it totally shuts down your own t production making you totally dependent on replacement; you are very young to do that. Diet and lifestyle changes ; supplements can significantly raise your t levels; i strongly advise you try that first. See http://bit. Ly/1a7vnba
; http://bit. Ly/1lexjt4. ...Read more

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I switched from androgel to testosterone injections. Dr is only GI king 1 injection/month should it be more often? T level is 290

Smaller more frequen: Half life of testosterone cypionate or t enanthate (both are traditional injectable forms of t) is 7-10d which is why if you get injection monthly, your levels will fluctuate widely & wildly as dr. Namey noted. Instead, I teach my patients to inject smaller doses on a weekly basis to minimize the ups & downs. Some even inject smaller still twice weekly! Advantage is pricing. Downside is obvious. ...Read more

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I'm on androgel 6 years ago can I start Clomid (clomiphene) for couple months before I stop androgel to restore function my own testosterone?

I'm on androgel 6 years ago can I start Clomid (clomiphene) for couple months before I stop androgel to restore function my own testosterone?

Theoretically, yes: Clomiphene in men increases FSH, LH and testosterone, but I wonder if the testosterone effect would be blunted by 6 years of hormone replacement treatments, maybe the negative feedback is detrimental? Consult your endocrinologist for the definitive answer, but this might just work!! ...Read more

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What is the best for low testosterone, androgel, injections or compound creams?

Choice is Yours: The best therapy to treat hypogonadism is that which you can afford and are willing to take for a long time. Testosterone injections are inexpensive but does require a shot. Androgel, axiron, Fortesta & testim are creams/gels/sol'n but expensive. Compounded creams are less so. All can render you infertile. So if you want to maintain sperm production, you'll need to consider Clomiphene or hcg. ...Read more

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Which is better/more effective and consistent — androgel or testosterone cypionate injection?(in terms of LiBiDo and less side effects)

Which is better/more effective and consistent — androgel or testosterone cypionate injection?(in terms of LiBiDo and less side effects)

Here are some...: Generally speaking, a 29-y-o man does rarely need T-supplement. Before starting T-use, medical necessity has to be properly established through detailed history, physical exam, & tests so to define if low-T (is any) results from testicular or pituitary malfunction caused by what. Only doing so can deduce right Rx with right T-use or not yet with close clinical F/U. So, Ask doctor timely. ...Read more

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I'm on testosterone replacement since 3 years was my t low without any this tackle proble can I stop androgel and replace it with a clomiphene?

Yes: For those on testosterone replacement therapy, aka trt, that are worried about regaining fertility, Clomiphene citrate is an alternative. While inexpensive, it exerts its effect in the central nervous system, ie brain. Moodiness is commonly reported. Another method is the more expensive HCG injections which have direct effect on testicles minus the moodiness. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin
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Androderm (Definition)

Androderm is a hormone/androgen which is a kind of ...Read more