Testosterone gel 16.2mg/g gel is used in adult men for testosterone replacement to treat various health problems caused by a lack of testosterone (male hypogonadism)
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This should be confirmed by two separate blood testosterone measurements and also include clinical symptoms such as: - impotence - infertility - low sex drive - tiredness - depressive moods - bone loss caused by low hormone levels.
The recommended dose is 2.5 g of gel (i.e. 40.5 mg of testosterone) applied once daily at approximately the same time each day, preferably in the morning.
This medicine is for use by adult men only.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.
To obtain 2.5 g of gel the plunger should be depressed twice. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor, and the maximum dose is 5 g of gel per day (no more than four depressions of the plunger). Your doctor will tell you how many depressions of the plunger to make to get the correct dose of gel for you.
The gel must be gently spread onto clean, dry, healthy skin as a thin layer on the shoulders, arms or stomach.
Allow the gel to dry for at least 3-5 minutes before dressing. Wash your hands with soap and water after applying. Do not apply to the genital areas (penis and testes) as the high alcohol content may cause local irritation.
The active substance is testosterone. One pump actuation delivers 1.25g of gel containing 20.25mg of testosterone
The other ingredients are Carbomer 980, isopropyl myristate, ethanol 96%, sodium hydroxide, purified water.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them:
Very common side effects may be experienced by 10 people in every 100 Because of the alcohol this medicine contains, frequent applications to the skin may cause irritation and skin dryness. Moreover, acne may occur.
Common side effects (between 1 and 10 people in every 100) TESTOGEL® may cause headaches, hair loss, development of painful, tender or enlarged breasts, changes to your prostate gland, diarrhoea, dizziness, an increase in blood pressure, changes to your mood, increase in red blood cell count haematocrit (percentage of red blood cells in blood) and haemoglobin (the component of red blood cells that carries oxygen) identified by periodic blood tests, changes in lipid levels, skin hypersensitivity, stinging and loss of memory. Other side effects have been observed during treatment with oral or injectable testosterone: weight gain, changes of the salt in the blood, muscular pain, nervousness, depression, hostility, breathing problem during sleep, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), changes in the results of tests that check how the liver is working seborrhoea, sex drive changes, reduction in the number of sperm, frequent or prolonged erections, blockages that may make it difficult to pass urine, water retention, hypersensitivity reactions. If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.