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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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gel is safer compared to injection.
But if you are looking for more effective one, it will be injection. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 area ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
Do you recommend androgel for low testosterone? I am 59 years old. Have been using it about two weeks.
Does androgel 1% will increase my low testosterone back to normal? Yes or no and if it yes how soon will be?
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
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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
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
My doctor started me on 1ml testosterone e injections a month, but that seems a little long between doses. Is this normal? I used to use androgel 1.62
Twice monthly: Is probably better.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
I been on testosterone replacement medications now for a couple of years I am 37 years old and I would like to get off of it because I think it increases my panic attacks however I've been told by numerous dr that if I quit taking the androgel my body wil
Truncated: I'm sorry ... Your actual question got cut off. Try to resubmit ... As there's not really enough info given to help you. ...Read more
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
I take androgel 6years im now 49 years im scare of testosterone because of heart prob I want stop haw can I boost my t witch specialist i have to see?
Specialists: You'll want to see an endocrinologist or urologist ... Hope that helps! ...Read more