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199 ng/dl Total T in 2007.Took androgel, testim, andriol many times since. Sex drive lower on drugs than prior, never recovered. How could I go back?
Start over: Stop taking additives and allow your body to reset it's basal functioning for about a month. At that time go to an endocrinologist and ask for some advice on next steps. This will involve baseline levels of the appropriate male hormones, followed by the safe and more natural solutions on maintenance, ok? ...Read more
$200-300/month: Transdermal testosterone replacement products such such as testim, androgel, or Fortesta costs about 200-300/month supply. You maybe able to get some coupon online, but still costs quite a bit. Injectable form is much cheaper, but requires an office visit monthly for the injection. If you need it, consult doc as there maybe some assistance programs out there to reduce your cost. Good luck. ...Read more
Total T above normal (1100) but Free T below normal because of high SHBG. Should I take Testim? (Is Total T irrelevant?)
Don't know why: You want to stop, but if you do you can do it suddenly; no need to wean off of it. If you didn't reach sufficient levels, you may need a higher dose of testim or change to another product. ...Read more
Kinda sorta: If you want to father children in future, then avoid any & all t products eg androderm, (testosterone) androgel, axiron, fortesta, striant, testim & injectable t b/c it's being studied as form of reversible male contraception. You can use HCG + testim etc to minimize testicular atrophy but there's no guarantee of maintaining fertility. But studies suggest hcg, tamoxifen or anastrazole can increase sperm & t. ...Read more
Been taking testim 5g everyday for 3 weeks. Seems o increase my anxiety levels. Is this a side effect?
Depends on you. . .: Do you want to be able to father any (more) children? If not, then sperm count is a moot point, right? In that case, use any form of testosterone eg androderm, androgel, axiron, fortesta, striant, testim or injectable t. However, if you still want to maintain your fertility, then avoid any & all t products. You'll need to use way off-label hcg, tamoxifen & anastrazole to stimulate t & sperm produc. ...Read more
Yes, but...: It is possible to acquire ingredients from chemical distributors to make your own testosterone preparations. This can be extremely hazardous to your health as there would be no quality controls unless you are a professional in compounding medications. Also, your body can turn testosterone into estrogen unless you know how to manage it. Buying compounded testosterone is fairly inexpensive and safe. ...Read more
Not recommended...: TV series, Breaking Bad, notwithstanding, testosterone replacement therapy, whether injectable or topical eg gel, is not a DIY project. In other words, we (I) don't recommend making/taking homemade TRT. It's not worth the risk or savings. TRT is something that really needs to be monitored closely by your prescribing physician. ...Read more
Can you v should you: Unlike TV shows eg Breaking Bad, we don't recommend concocting your own medications. The most change we might agree to is to cut a tablet in half (assuming it's scored to allow this) or crush some meds, but not all, if you have difficulty swallowing. Be sure to check with ur doc & pharmacist before crushing tablets & pills etc as some are only designed to be taken "as is". Don't cut most patches. ...Read more
Yes: Brief exposure to testosterone gel should not produce any long-term effects. Call your doctor if the person develops enlarged genitals, premature pubic hair, increased libido, or aggressive behavior. Be aware that occassionally testosterone may be used by atheletes to increase muscle mass and it is reported up to 2% of teenage boys have tried steroids for that reason. ...Read more
Blood level - a week:
marketed gels continue pure testosterone hormone. The steady state in the blood is reached, I believe about a week after starting daily application. Effects at the tissue you level occur over a much longer period - say months. Responses vary markedly among individuals so I think it is important to work with an experienced endocrinologist for maximal benefit and safety. ...Read more
I'm a 58 yo male who has been using testim (10mg/day - 2 tubes) for about 7 years. I'm not 100% compliant with applying the gel everyday, so I was wondering if testopel pellets are as effective.
Yes, but: In general, they provide a more constant level in the blood, but usually much higher than the creams. ...Read more
Yes. But...: Technically, yes, you may apply testosterone gel to the face, but it is not clinically advisable to put it in the exposed surface owing to its contaminated effects onto others in contact including females, children, and other men. So, it is not okay to do so. But I am curious to wonder why you would think of applying it to the face instead of the tested and recommended areas. Talk with Doc timely. ...Read more
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Flomax (tamsulosin): It is hard to say but yes, possibly. It does affect the semen production and you may notice that you do not ejaculate as much on the Flomax (tamsulosin) as you did when you did not take it. I am sure your physician took into account the medications you were already taking...As long as you let him know if they are from another doctor. ...Read more
How can I increase my libido if my testosterone gel is barely affecting it. It has lifted my level to 370 from 171? Or what can I do or add to help?
Time: Once your serum T is back to normal, it may take some time for the libido to return. Meanwhile, eat healthy - protein and vegetables, Exercise 150 minutes per week and drink no more than 1 alcohol containing beverage per day. Avoid other depressants like marijuana or sedatives. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Husband asks can rubbing testosterone gel on penis increase size? Approx 8" in length but would like a little added thickness
I want to try testosterone gel for an extremely "hooded" clitoris. Very flat won't erect even w/ added foreplay. Would like it a little bigger?
Yes, but be careful!: Making a larger clitoris may also make it more painful with stimulation as well. ...Read more
T level of 375. Doc wants me to start testim. I do have gad and taking paxil/clonapin. Can testim increase anxiety?
Testosterone normal: Your testosterone level is normal, so why does your doctor want you to take testim? If he really thinks there is a problem with your testicles or pituitary gland he needs to do further testing to find out why he thinks the level is not right. Going on testim when you don't need it will simply make you become dependent on the medication as your own body will stop making it. ...Read more