Striant Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
- What are the possible side effects of testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
- What is the most important information I should know about testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
- How should I use testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Striant)?
- What happens if I overdose (Striant)?
- What should I avoid while using testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
- What other drugs will affect testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
Do not use testosterone buccal system if you have cancer of the breast or prostate. Testosterone may worsen some cancers of these types.
Before using testosterone buccal system, tell your doctor if you have
- had a previous allergic reaction to testosterone;
- sleep apnea (brief periods of not breathing during sleep) or if you have risk factors for sleep apnea (e.g., obesity, chronic lung disease);
- difficulty with urination due to enlargement of the prostate;
- heart disease; or
- liver disease or kidney disease.
You may not be able to use testosterone buccal system, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Testosterone buccal system is not approved for use by women and must not be used by women. Testosterone buccal system is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that testosterone is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use testosterone buccal system if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
Testosterone buccal system is not approved for use by women and must not be used by women. It is not known whether testosterone from the buccal system will pass into breast milk. Do not use testosterone buccal system if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Men over 65 years of age that use testosterone buccal system may be at increased risk for the development of prostatic enlargement or cancer. You may not be able to use buccal system testosterone, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring.
How should I use testosterone buccal system (Striant)?
Use testosterone buccal system exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
To use the testosterone buccal system (Striant):
- Hold one buccal system with the flat side on your fingertip. Place the curved side onto your gum, as high as possible above the left or right incisor tooth. Hold your finger on the outside of your lip over the system for 30 seconds to ensure the system is attached to the gum. If the system sticks to the cheek and not the gum, this is acceptable.
- The buccal system should remain in place for 12 hours. To remove the system, move it slightly toward the back or front of the mouth then slide it toward the teeth from removal. With each new application, rotate to alternate sides of the mouth. This avoids scratching the gum. Check to see that the system is in place after eating, drinking, brushing the teeth, or using mouthwash.
- As the buccal system absorbs moisture from the mouth, it will begin to soften and will mold to the shape of the gum. The system does not dissolve completely, but will remain in place. It will not move until you remove it.
- If a buccal system falls off before 8 hours of use, remove it and replace it with a new system in the same place.
- Change the buccal system and alternate sides of the mouth 12 hours after application of the original system. If a buccal system falls off after 8 hours but before 12 hours of use, remove the system and replace it with a new system above the opposite incisor. This will serve as the second dose for the day.
- Do not chew or swallow the testosterone buccal system.
- Regularly inspect the gum where the testosterone buccal system is applied. Promptly report any changes to your doctor or dentist.
Your doctor may want to perform tests to monitor the amount of testosterone in the body, liver function, prostate function, cholesterol levels, or other factors during treatment with testosterone buccal system.
It is important to use testosterone buccal system regularly to get the most benefit.
Dispose of all used systems properly, out of the reach of children and pets.
Store testosterone buccal system at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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