WHAT IS TESTOSTERONE USED FOR?
This medication is used for the treatment of hypogonadism and low testosterone levels.
WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
Testosterone should not be taken by children, pets, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those who are allergic to any of the ingredients in testosterone.
Consult your health care provider before use. There may be interactions with certain medications that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, certain diabetes medications, propranolol, oxyphenbutazone, and steroid medications like cortisone or prednisone. This is not an exhaustive list of all interactions. Give your provider a list of all medications, supplements, non-prescription drugs, and dietary supplements you are taking.
Make sure your health care provider knows if you have: history of liver dysfunction, testicular cancer, adrenal gland disease, blood vessel disease, pituitary gland disease, vision problems, sleep apnea, diabetes, breast cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, prostate cancer, any unusual allergic reactions to testosterone or other products. Do not expose this product to pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
HOW WILL I BE MONITORED?
You should be in contact with your provider at least every three to six months. Your provider should obtain and review regular blood work while you are on testosterone.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MISS A DOSE?
It depends on timing. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
HOW DO I TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
Testosterone comes as a liquid that is injected subcutaneously or into a muscle, as a troche that is placed under the tongue or between the cheek and gum, or as a cream that is applied topically. Your personal dosage will be based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you are taking. Please take it as directed by your provider.
HOW DO I STORE THIS MEDICATION?
Store at room temperature and away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Please dispose of medication according to local, state, and EPA laws. Please safely dispose of needles and syringes by placing them in a sharps container.
WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS WHILE ON TESTOSTERONE?
Potential side effects include: headache, hair loss, acne, and change in sex drive. If you experience any of the following reactions, contact your health care provider immediately: breast enlargement, breathing problems or being unusually weak or tired, changes in mood (specifically anger or depression), darker than normal urine, trouble urinating, changes in the amount of urine, flu-like symptoms, general ill feeling, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, lighter colored stool, very frequent erections, upper belly pain (especially right side), ankle swelling, yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, such as: chest pain, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, slurred speech, weakness on one side or part of the body. Reported serious adverse outcomes are: heart attack, stroke, heart failure, depression, hostility, aggression, male infertility, and liver toxicity. Those individuals abusing testosterone at doses that are higher than prescribed may also have severe withdrawal symptoms such as depression, irritability, fatigue, loss of appetite, decreased libido, and insomnia.
In the event you feel you are in imminent danger or have signs of an allergic reaction (skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat; trouble breathing or swallowing), you should contact emergency services immediately. For general symptoms, please advise your provider.