Testosterone Capsule: The active substance of Testosterone is turned into Testosterone by your body. Testosterone is the natural male hormone, necessary for the normal growth, development and function of the male sex organs and for secondary male sex characteristics. Preparations containing Testosterone are usually prescribed to replace the hormone if the body is unable to produce enough on its own.
Do not take Testosterone
- if you have a tumour of the prostate or the breast
- if you are hypersensitive (allergic) to Testosterone Undecanoate or any of the other ingredients of Testosterone
Testosterone Gel: This medicated gel contains testosterone. It is used for hormone replacement in men who are not able to produce enough testosterone (e.g., hypogonadism). This medication is absorbed through the skin, enters your bloodstream, and helps your body reach normal testosterone levels.
Testosterone helps the body to develop and maintain the male sexual characteristics (masculinity), such as a deep voice and body hair. It also helps to maintain muscle and prevent bone loss, and is necessary for natural sexual ability/desire.
This drug should not be used by women.
Testosterone Capsule: Usually, the dosage is 3-4 capsules daily during the first 2-3 weeks, followed by a gradual decrease to 1-3 capsules daily. You must take Testosterone with a meal. Swallow the capsules whole without chewing, using some water or other fluid.
Take half of the daily dose in the morning and the other half in the evening.
If the daily dose is an uneven number of capsules, take the larger number in the morning.
If you have the impression that the effect of Testosterone is too strong or too weak, inform your doctor immediately.
Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual dose.
When treatment with Testosterone is stopped, complaints as those before treatment may re-occur within a few weeks.
Testosterone Gel: Apply the medication as directed to clean, dry skin of the shoulders/upper arms once daily in the morning or as directed by your doctor. Apply only to areas that would be covered if you were to wear a short sleeve t-shirt. Certain brands of this medication may also be applied to the stomach area (abdomen). Check your product’s instructions or ask your pharmacist if your brand may be applied to the abdomen. Avoid applying this medication to broken, irritated skin. Do not apply to the genitals (penis or scrotum). Do not let others apply this medication to your body.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, laboratory tests, and response to treatment.
After applying this medication, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to reduce the risk of accidentally spreading it from your hands to other people. Before dressing, wait a few minutes for the application site to dry completely. Be sure to always wear clothing (such as a t-shirt) to cover the application site until you wash the areas well with soap and water.
To get the best effect, wait several hours (2 to 5 hours depending on brand) before showering/swimming to allow the drug to be absorbed through the skin. Check the manufacturer’s information or ask your pharmacist for details. See also Warning and Precautions sections.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Like all medicines, Testosterone can have side effects.
In general: increased sexual desire, fluid retention in the tissues, usually marked by swelling of ankles or feet
In men: prolonged abnormal, painful erection of the penis, disturbed formation of sperm, decreased amount of sperm with seminal discharge
In elderly men: problems with passing urine
In young boys: early sexual development, erections occurring more often than normal, enlarged penis, disturbed growth
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if any side-effect becomes troublesome or continues.