... when I wash it off and sometimes when I apply it. Has it gone bad? How can I tell? The crimp on the end of the tube says "09/12" and it's now 06/11, so it should still be good, right?
Is there supposed to be grit in my 5 mg Testim tube? Most of it is clear gel, but I feel the grit?
- 22 Jun 2011 by Kevin B
- 25 December 2012
- androgel, testim, testim 5 g/packet, hypogonadism - male
Added 23 Jun 2011:
Guess it's a 5 gm tube of Testim (1%). No, I can't find the grit in the stuff either. Should I continue using this stuff? Should I take it back?
I don't think it has "gone bad"... I'm not sure what it is, but I have ocassionally noticed thit in my individual application tubes. It's not as large or as obvious as sand grains, but it does feel like a crystal or something. It has never seemed to harm me, but it can be annoying to feel that when the rest of the gel is slippery and washing off your chest.
Do you notice anything between your fingers? I can't find it when I go to look. I'm wondering if it's a bit of the dried gel that has formed a crust, and when applying it, it's mixing in with the gel? This is just a guess on my part.
Does anyone else know?
I thought the same thing when I first started Testim. What I found was that the application area was not completely clean. Applied directly after showering, there was no issue. This seems to be more about the alcohol in the gel than the testosterone. Same thing happens with alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Is it feeling gritty right out of the tube or after you have applied it? I was a sales rep for Banana Boat Sun Care Products and I would get feedback our lip balm was gritty. Turns out it was actually "dried" skin cells that stick to the remaining product thus giving it a gritty texture when otherwise the balm itself had no grit prior to being used. You could possibly be feeling the grittiness of dried skin cells "sloughing" off in the application process and notice it when you wash your hands? I am sure you are washing the area with soap and water and drying before applying. Also the expiration date is well within limits therefore would not be the culprit. Even if out of date, the texture would not be affected if stored correctly however the efficacy of the testosterone in the gel would be diminished.
Just wanted to add that I have recently changed to Androgel 1.62% pump and have found that the gel that remains exposed to the air in the tube does thicken and upon the next application, this crust can come out, and feel a little gritty. However, it doesn't seem to last as long nor be as 'hard' as the grit from the Testim tubes. I think what we're experiencing is simply a crust forming from a surface of the gel drying out. I am no longer worried about this. As to why Testim seems to be more prone to this, I don't know. Perhaps it has to do with the production process, packaging or a delay on the production line when a series of tubes sat, exposed to the air, before they could be capped or sealed. Perhaps. Again, I'm not worried at this point.
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