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What are side effects of testosterone supplementation in men?

What are side effects of testosterone supplementation in men?

Few if needed: The key is to only use if needed and get the right amount to replace a deficit. Too much can cause problems with the prostate, atrophy of the testicles, fluctuations in libido and mood, elevated lipids, and acne. Blood levels of free testosterone can guide the amount of replacement. ...Read more

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What are the indications for testosterone supplementation in men?

What are the indications for testosterone supplementation in men?

Several: There are three primary indicators for testosterone supplementation: low testosterone level on a blood test, a low free testosterone, and erectile dysfunction. Free testosterone is the testosterone not bound to protein that is available for use (as bound testosterone can not be used in the body). See your doctor for a morning testosterone blood test. ...Read more

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Why do docs recommend testosterone supplementation for men?

Why do docs recommend testosterone supplementation for men?

Helps balance estrog: Testosterone supplements helps balance estrogen excess if there is body weight issue. Testosterone levels usually decline in male after 40 yrs of age. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

Long list: Good: libido, erections, muscle mass, better fat and Insulin metabolism, mood, energy. Bad: can elevate red cells too high, can cause increased prostate size, won't get great results w/o diet and exercise improvement. ...Read more

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Will testosterone supplementation help improve female sex drive?

Will testosterone supplementation help improve female sex drive?

Maybe but it depends: Female sex drive (libido) is even more complicated than in men. Stress, in various forms, can decrease libido. Worry about money, job, family, etc, can cause stress & distraction. Must be in good relationship w/partner. Bad lifestyle choices, poor health, medications, menopause, etc can decrease sex drive. If testosterone is very low, then replacement might help (after first addressing above). ...Read more

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Male breast cancer and testosterone supplementation?

Male breast cancer and testosterone supplementation?

What is the question: Asking if testosterone causes male breast cancer or increases its risk? Asking if testosterone should be taken by a man with breast cancer? Should not take hormone supplements if one has male breast cancer without conferring with your oncologist first. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of testosterone supplements?

What are the side effects of testosterone supplements?

Don't waste your $: There are no such things as testosterone supplements, at least none that are fda approved w/peer-reviewed data. Worst, the manufacturers are not required to demonstrate safety (think contamination) or efficacy of their product while being allowed to make miraculous claims as long as they display the fda disclaimer. So what side effects are possible? Anything & everything. The sky's the limit! ...Read more

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I'm 21 years old i feel low testosterone can I take zinc and fish oil supplement to boost testosterone? Are there any side effects of these supplement

I'm 21 years old i feel low testosterone can I take zinc and fish oil supplement to boost testosterone? Are there any side effects of these supplement

They are safe if...: As i mentioned in my other answer, it's very unlikely you have low testosterone-other conditions with similar symptoms are much more likely. Ask you doc to test free & total testosterone levels. Zinc is safe to try. It can cause nausea; avoid taking more than 50 mg a day or it may impair immune function & cause low copper. Fish oil is safe but look for a purified brand to avoid heavy metals/pcb's. ...Read more

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What effects would testosterone supplements have on mans appearance?

What effects would testosterone supplements have on mans appearance?

Depends: Testosterone in adult men with normal virilization will notice no change. Very large doses used by body builders will cause increased muscle mass, very small testicles and infertility. So called "supplements" do not cause any change in testosterone or men's appearances (except that their wallets will be thinner). ...Read more

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Saw in the news today that testosterone supplements for men can/do increase heart attack chances by 25%--should i worry about using andro gel?

Saw in the news today that testosterone supplements for men can/do increase heart attack chances by 25%--should i worry about using andro gel?

Yes: There is an accompanying editorial by dr. Steve nissan (chief of cardiology @ cleveland clinic) with the original article which was reported in the annals of internal medicine. An earlier study showed reduced risk. Both were retrospective studies. The issue is unsettled and must await a prospective trial - it may be yrs away. Use the AndroGel only if you feel much better with it! there may b risk. ...Read more

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What are side effects of testosterone?

What are side effects of testosterone?

Heart attack & strok: Dr. Patel pointed out the obvious side effects that you can monitor along w/drop in good cholesterol. Too much testosterone supplementation can also increase blood pressure & thicken your blood (polycythemia). These 3 factors can increase your risk for heart attack and/or stroke. Excess testosterone can also be converted into Dht & Estradiol leading to prostate, hair & male breast issues. ...Read more

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What are some of the side effects of testosterone therapy and anti-coagulation therapy?

Side effects: I presume you are a male on testosterone replacement. There are risks and benefits and lab studies should be done every three months. Testosterone by injection is far less expensive than other options for testosterone but that might be the treatment of your doctor's choice now that you are on anticoagulation therapy. ...Read more

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Can dhea be used without the side effects of testosterone therapy as stroke heart disease heart attack?

DHEA: For men dhea will not be strong enough to replace testosterone deficiency. However, you are likely low on dhea so taking it will likely benefit you anyways. Based upon your history, i would recommend that you be evaluated by anti-aging specialist who could shed light on the testosterone controversy as well as talk to you about heart/stroke prevention because it gets a lot more complex. ...Read more

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Are there side effects of the androderm (testosterone) patch?

Yes: Blood clots, acne, fluid retention, priapism, exacerbation of prostate cancer, exacerbation of male breast cancer, local itching, worsening of an enlarged prostate, headache, enlargement of the breasts, allergy, depression, male pattern baldness. Just like all medications, use it if it's necessary in the lowest effective dose, if the benefits outweigh the risks. Your doctor can help you decide. ...Read more

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What if i take testosterone booster as a 23 year old male can there be side effects later on?

What if i take testosterone booster as a 23 year old male can there be side effects later on?

No: Some methods of birth control could result in increased breast size but that would not be the reason to take that , if u want more size you should get breast augmentation from a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My t level has been tested in the low 100s and it has been reccomended that i take injections. How common are the side effects associated with testosterone theropy?

Uncommon: Side effects from testosterone therapy are not common if it is not over replaced. Before treatment, ideally, the t level should be checked ~ 8am and a free t level should be obtained by a reliable lab. If the total t level is > 100 it is usually not due to a serious anatomic problem in the area of the pituitary. Injections, gels, or patches are available. Injections can lead to 'ups and downs'. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of low testosterone?

How low is low?: Patients may or may not notice any symptoms typically associated w/low testosterone. It depends upon what you're used to and how low is low. For instance, everyone agrees an F is failure. But some consider anything but an A equivalent to failure. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/male-hypogonadism/basics/definition/con-20014235 for info on hypogonadism or low T. ...Read more

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