My husband has been on AndroGel and initially I noticed he was exhibiting increased anger. He has become verbally arrogent and last night he had a dream he said where he was arguing and fighting with a collegue he had worked with before retiring. My concern is while sleeping he literally punched my upper back and was litrally not concious of his actions until i woke him and told him he punched me 3 times on my back during which he was asleep. He has concerns that it is the AndroGel medication. I do think it is possible since androgel is a male hormone. Is there anyone who has had a similar experience while taking AndroGel ?
It most certainly could be. He should talk to his Dr.
Having just started on a 1% gel I do have to confess that one of it's immediate effects on me was irritability, impatience and aggression. I haven't been in a fight in 20 years and then almost got into 3 in the first 10 days. Fortunately I could see it affecting my behaviour and am exercising a substantially greater amount of discipline to recognise it and deal with it before it leads to verbal or physical aggression. It is more than a little unsettling. I wonder if your husband is even aware of how his behaviour has changed?
I have a minor suspicion that the more extreme the reaction to the gel, the lower the initial testosterone levels were (sample size: 1 person). My Doctor informed me that the side effects I complained of should not have appeared so soon (within 4 hours rather than 2-3 months) or be so extreme. In my case my Testosterone levels were 5% of the normal male minimum or about 25% of a healthy females minimum.
- AndroGel Information for Consumers
- AndroGel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of AndroGel (detailed)
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