AndroGel

AndroGel®
(testosterone) Gel 1% for Topical Use

WARNING

SECONDARY EXPOSURE TO TESTOSTERONE

DRUG DESCRIPTION

AndroGel (testosterone gel) 1% is a clear, colorless hydroalcoholic gel containing testosterone.

The active pharmacologic ingredient in AndroGel 1% is testosterone, an androgen. Testosterone USP is a white to practically white crystalline powder chemically described as 17-beta hydroxyandrost-4-en-3-one. The structural formula is:

AndroGel® (testosterone) Structural Formula Illustration

Pharmacologically inactive ingredients in AndroGel 1% are carbomer 980, ethanol 67.0%, isopropyl myristate, purified water, and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients are not pharmacologically active.

What are the possible side effects of testosterone topical?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using testosterone topical and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • burn-like blistering of the skin where the transdermal patch is worn;
  • skin irritation with patch-wearing that does not get better with time;
  • problems with urination;
  • swelling of your ankles;
  • frequent, prolonged, or bothersome erections; or
  • nausea, stomach pain, low...

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What are the precautions when taking testosterone gel for topical use (AndroGel)?

Before using testosterone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as soy), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breast cancer (males), prostate problems (e.g., cancer, enlarged prostate or BPH), liver problems, heart problems, kidney problems, diabetes, high cholesterol level, lung disease, obesity, difficulty breathing during sleep (apnea), high blood pressure, bone cancer.

Direct contact with the application site can expose others to this medication. Women and children should avoid contact with the unwashed or...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 7/7/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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