Generic Name: testosterone (tes-TOS-ter-one)
Brand Name: Androderm
Testosterone patch is used for:
Treating symptoms of low testosterone in adult men when the body does not make any testosterone or not enough testosterone (hypogonadism). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Testosterone patch is a male sex hormone. It works by replacing or supplementing the testosterone that is naturally made in the body.
Do NOT use testosterone patch if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in testosterone patch
- you are female
- you are pregnant or breast-feeding
- you have known or suspected breast cancer or prostate cancer
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using testosterone patch:
Some medical conditions may interact with testosterone patch. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have heart disease, heart failure, coronary artery disease, angina (chest pain), high cholesterol levels, swelling (edema), lung disease, or sleep apnea (long pauses in breathing while you sleep)
- if you have diabetes, an enlarged prostate, kidney or liver disease, high blood calcium levels, or obesity
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with testosterone patch. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Carbamazepine, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus), or oxyphenbutazone because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by testosterone patch
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), insulin, or oral hypoglycemics (eg, glyburide) because side effects, including risk of bleeding, may be increased by testosterone patch
- Propranolol because its effectiveness may be decreased by testosterone patch
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if testosterone patch may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use testosterone patch:
Use testosterone patch as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply the patch to a clean, dry area of skin on the back, stomach, upper arms, or thighs.
- Rotate sites daily, allowing 7 days before applying a patch to the same site again.
- Do not apply testosterone patch to the scrotum, genitals, bony areas, or other areas subject to prolonged pressure during sleep or sitting.
- If you miss a dose of testosterone patch, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use testosterone patch.
Important safety information:
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take testosterone patch before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Skin burns may occur if this patch is worn during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. If you will be having an MRI, tell your doctor that you use testosterone patch. You will need to remove the patch before having an MRI.
- Diabetes patients - Testosterone patch may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Testosterone patch may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking testosterone patch.
- Lab tests, including liver function, blood cell counts, blood cholesterol, prostate-specific antigen, and blood testosterone, may be performed while you use testosterone patch. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use testosterone patch with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
- Testosterone patch should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Using testosterone patch while pregnant may cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if testosterone patch is found in breast milk. Testosterone patch should not be used by women.
Possible side effects of testosterone patch:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Acne; bitter or strange taste in mouth; change in sex drive; fatigue; gum or mouth irritation; gum pain; gum tenderness or swelling; hair loss; headache.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); breast growth or pain; change in the size or shape of the testicles; dark urine or light-colored bowel movements; depression or mood changes; dizziness; gingivitis; interrupted breathing while sleeping; loss of appetite; nausea; painful or prolonged erection; stomach pain; swelling of the ankles or legs; urination problems; weight gain; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; one-sided weakness; vision problems.Proper storage of testosterone patch:
Store testosterone patch at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw testosterone patch away in a household trash can in a way that prevents children or pets from accidentally using or taking them. Keep testosterone patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about testosterone patch, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Testosterone patch is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take testosterone patch or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about testosterone patch. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to testosterone patch. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using testosterone patch.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.