Androgel is the same testosterone, which is produced in a man’s body. It is made in order to increase or replace the natural testosterone in a body, which is essential for many processes in it. Androgel is available in the form of topical gel.
Generally Androgel is developed for treating all disorders which occur because of the lack or absence of testosterone, which is naturally produced by our body. There can be some other purposes for Androgel usage, if doctor decides.
There is information, which it’s better to know before you start Androgel treatment. Androgel shouldn’t be used by women. If a woman contacted with Androgel through a man’s skin, where it was applied, she should wash this place with water and soap. Pregnant women should avoid contacting Androgel, because this may cause different defects and implications in an unborn child.
Androgel is soaked through the skin area, where it was applied. So, if a woman or a child contacts this skin area, Androgel can get into their body. If you have noticed some of the next symptoms in anyone who could contact your skin, immediately inform your doctor:
- enlarged genitals;
- increased libido;
- male-pattern baldness;
- increased acne;
- premature pubic hair;
- aggressive behavior;
- excessive body hair growth or any other possible features of men characteristics.
Before starting Androgel treatment, consult your doctor, and he will decide, whether you may use Androgel or not. It’s not recommended to use Androgel in case you are allergic to different testosterone gels or patches. It’s also not advised to use Androgel if you suffer from male breast cancer or prostate cancer. If you suffer from one of listed below diseases, inform your doctor:
- kidney or liver disease;
- sleep apnea or chronic breathing problems.
Androgel like most medications has its side effects, both minor and severe. Among the most common and not very serious Androgel side effects are some allergic reactions: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your throat, tongue, lips or face; – and also increased acne or hair growth, sex drive changes, tenderness or breast swelling, depressed mood, headache. They are not very serious but it’s recommended to consult your doctor or find medical attention in case you experience them. Among severe side effects of Androgel there are: ankles swelling, nausea, low fever, dark urine, jaundice, problems with urination, bothersome, prolonged or frequent erections, stomach pain, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools.
Before you start Androgel treatment inform your doctor if you use any of the next medications: blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven), corticosteroid (methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisone (Sterapred) or any other), insulin and other medicines. Some medications can not go along with Androgel, so inform your doctor about every medication you take, including different herbal products, minerals, vitamins and all the medicines, which were prescribed by another doctor. Also don’t start taking any new medication without consulting your doctor.