User Reviews for AndroGel
AndroGel has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 104 ratings on Drugs.com. 64% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 18% reported a negative experience.
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Reviews for AndroGel
For Hypogonadism, Male "I'm a 35 year old male and I had no idea that lack of testosterone could have such an effect on the body. While my sex drive was on the low side, that was not the major problem. I had been put on various antidepressants over many years. However, my low testosterone level was the real culprit. I would advise all men who have depression issues to have their testosterone levels checked."
For Hypogonadism, Male "Within a week I noticed I had more energy to just get stuff done. Tasks at work, hobbies, errands - I just have more energy to get out of bed and do stuff. Then my shriveled up penis went back to it's normal soft 4 inches. After another week or so, I was able to get my normal 8 inch erection again. I don't know what guys did before this medicine was invented. I would have had to get out a magnifying glass. All of a sudden I now feel like I need to do something about the beer belly, and working out feels like it is worth the effort again. Androgel is like the fountain of youth."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I've been on Androgel for 6 weeks now and have experienced a remarkable turn around in my energy, stamina, body strength, muscle definition, clear mindedness, and mega-intensified libido. Now, I can't see myself getting along without it and don't plan to. Now I know what it feels like to get my life back again and would consider this medicine nothing less than a miracle."
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For Hypogonadism, Male "I have been using Androgel pump since July 2008. The first few months I noticed no changes with my mood, motivation or sexual interest. The Urologist had to adjust the dose a few times to have the right blood levels of testosterone. Once this was achieved I have been feeling great. I noticed a big difference in my sex drive (almost a night/day difference from day one). Lately my muscle mass has been increasing, almost like being on steroids. I do quite a bit of manual labor and my arms have gotten huge. I have lost just about all of the spare fat around my waist and my mood has been right on track with how I was when I was younger. I'm so glad I had the motivation to seek help when I did."
For Hypogonadism, Male "Just so you guys know its NOT total testosterone that you need to be worried about so much as its your FREE testosterone that really matters. You need to see if your free test is in normal range. You could have a total testosterone of 1200 but if your free test is lower than normal you'll feel like crap. Low energy low libito can't gain muscle etc. On other hand if you had a total testosterone say only 400 but your FREE testosterone is good normal range you'll feel great all around. Everyone posts about TOTAL Testosterone but its the FREE unbound testosterone you need to really worry about. Total testosterone is bound meaningless in the energy libito muscle department were as FREE testosterone takes care of the energy libido muscle departme"
For Hypogonadism, Male "Been using for 2 years. Overall, it does what it's supposed to. At 52 I was just feeling out of it. Tired all the time, loss of energy, spare tyre weight gain, and some erectile dysfunction. Tested at 278. Started with shots, and AndroGel combined, then just AndroGel for the last year. The shots were far more effective, and cheaper, but my T levels would go way up then way down before the next shot. The gel keeps it steady. I have lost a lot of waist line, don't need naps anymore, and sex life is back to what it was in my 30s."
For Hypogonadism, Male "The first day I was on this medicine I didn't think about it until a few people at work said I seemed more energetic than usual. When I got home my wife said that not once that evening did I say how tired I was. I then realized that I wasn't tired as usual and felt like doing something other than sit on the couch. I have been on the medicine for 3 weeks and this 50 year old feels 30 again. The best way to describe how I felt before it was like I was in a fog and walking through corn syrup. That is gone and I feel great."
For Hypogonadism, Male "First and foremost you nee to see a specialist. Note that with the introduction of outside or additional testosterone your natural production can slow, and or shut down. This is why you need HCG. HCG keeps your natural testosterone in production even with the introduction of extra testosterone. Also a good estrogen blocker pill is recommended to keep test from aromatizing into estrogen. To sum it up you need all of the following 1. Androgel 2. HCG- keeps natural testosterone producing, 3. Anastrozole Pills-Stops Testosterone from being converted to Estrogen"
For Hypogonadism, Male "I have been using testosterone gel for over 4 months. I started with Testim but could not stand the smell. I got my doctor to prescribe Androgel and found it to be way nicer to apply. It does not leave a sticky residue like Testim and is completely odorless. I am in my early 50's and I had previously been on antidepressants for about 2 years. I find that I am feeling a lot better taking Androgel both mentally and physically. I go to the gym 4 or 5 days a week and I feel stronger than I have in years. As far as sex and libido, I can not believe the difference that Androgel has made. Absolutely fantastic."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I'm 20 years old, 6 months ago I did two testosterone tests and it was below 20mg yeah 20 mg. My doctor put me on Androgel 1.62% 2 pumps a day, after 6 months I feel a lot better, I have erections now. I gained muscles and hair all over my body, I started to grow a little beard and I feel that I have better energy, I don't have depression anymore, my libido became very high, I went to my doctor last week to check my testosterone that I did, my testosterone levels now are 1090 mg. He was surprised and he told me to reduce to 1 pump a day. And yes my voice became very deep."
For Hypogonadism, Male "The first thing I noticed was that my shirts were fitting better, they weren't so tightly fitting anymore. So I weighed myself and I was surprised to see that I had lost 15-17 pounds in the 2-3 months I had been on the Androgel. It took about 2-3 months to find my actual dose. I have noticed way better muscle tone, specially in my chest, shoulders & arms. I am also wearing jeans and shorts more comfortably, they don't fit so tight anymore and don't hurt around my waistline from being so tight. I'm back down to a size 32, much more solid & defined looking and feeling. Lost weight in my neck & face, lost that round looking face, now I have a square jawline and thinner, manlier face. I am able to think more clearly. More solid and longer lasting erections."
For Hypogonadism, Male "2 years ago, doc recommended Clomid, a pill that is not FDA approved for Low testosterone. My number at age 37 was 191. At age 39, my T number was 121. First attempted Chinese Herbal Medicine, which worked, but hassle to drink 2 teas daily forever. Then I tried hCG, worked, lost weight, but cost $150/month for daily (self) injections. Doc recommended Androgel - HUGE difference. I have erections again, this time I don’t care if it shows! I can masturbate again. Sex drive balances out, but for now, I apply one packet per upper arm daily. Mood level has increased, and energy back. Foggy brain gone. It’s like now wearing glasses, life is so much more clear! Not as depressed anymore. What helps the Amdrogel absorb is: first wipe down the application area with alcohol wipe. Then apply. Wasn’t doing this the first 4 weeks and was only applying 1 packet. T absorbs better and I feel normal again. It’s embarrassing at any age for a man not to have equipment not work."
For Hypogonadism, Male "So if you go to a "compounding pharmacy" they can make you a 1.62% generic (since they only make 1% in generic). Name brand Androgel 1.62% walgreens quoted me $750 September 2018. Generic 1% was $450 without any coupons, which you can find online. The compound pharmacy made me a 1.62% pump gel and charged me $35. Yes, only $35 cash for a 30 day supply."
For Hypogonadism, Male "For 9 months I struggled with anxiety, depression, foggy brain, fatigue, low sex drive, loss of morning erections, and general feeling of malaise. Doctor tested my T and came back at 251. I was referred to an endocrinologist and he retested and came back at 189. Prescribed Androgel 1.62% on a 2 month trail and it has been amazing. Within 4-5 days I noticed that the "crashes" that I used to experience daily for 4-5 hours now only lasted 30-60 minutes. After 4 weeks of treatment, the Daily crashes have disappeared. My sex drive is coming back, still not where it should be but I'm optimistic that I'll get there. I have a follow up appointment in a month and I'm looking forward to finding out my levels!"
For Hypogonadism, Male "I'm 28, never used opiates or steroids....and had a T level of 84. 84!!! 2.5 months later, using 2 pumps a day of 1.62%, and I was feeling pretty good. Harder erections, higher sex drive, easier time in the gym. T levels came in at 524. My endocrinologist just raised me to 3 pumps a day and I'm excited."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I got this after having some trouble performing and just not feeling as good as I used to. As a 91 year old, I don't get around like I used to, but the Androgel brought me back to life in many ways. I feel so much better after taking the 1% gel. I feel like I was back in the 40s again!"
For Hypogonadism, Male "I have been on the medicine just about 3 years now, and it has really turned my life around - I am 47. I use the minimum dose. T went from 150 -> 700 after just 6 months - maintains there regularly. One thing I do to help it work better is apply lotion 1 hour after using it every day. Turns out JAMA had an article that showed applying lotion or suntan lotion increased efficacy of absorption by 14-18%. I suggest this for those who are not getting desirable results. I get blood tested every 6 months - which is good, in my opinion."
For Hypogonadism, Male "Have used pump for a year and a half. Used packets for six months before that. Prefer the pump. Works well and I feel better. Have gotten back muscle mass, better outlook on life in general, and can feel sexual again. Only negative is that testicals are smaller and softer since they no longer have to produce testosterone, but they don't bother me otherwise."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I have been on Androgel for approximately 5 months. I was tested for low Testosterone after going around 10 years with low to no libido. I tested at 156 even though I get regular exercise. I am around 20 to 30 lbs over weight. My doctor initially put me on 2 packets of the stronger dosage and I noticed I was feeling stronger but still no libido. After 2 months got Testosterone tested again and it was a little over 200. Doctor put me on 3 pumps of the stronger gel and I have mixed results....erections almost to the point of annoyance (very rare before taking gel) when I am sleeping, but libido still not really there. I haven't seen any weight loss but I may have gained some muscle. My doc is going to test me again after 3 months on 3 pumps and will see what my level is."
For Hypogonadism, Male "Had low energy and sex drive was about gone. 26 years old and am on an opiate blocker called suboxone. Suboxone kills your testosterone. If I would have known that I would have never gotten on it. I’m getting close to getting off suboxone. Been clean for a few years now. I would suggest this opiate blocker be used for short term use only. Anyway about a year ago I tested my T level and it was 280 ng. I decided to get on androgel and just got my levels tested and now it’s 660 ng. I’ve been on the gel for about a year and especially in the last month my sex drive has gone up drastically. I get sick of seeing negative comments saying topical creams do not work. These are false blanket statements. Maybe for a lot of people cream doesn’t work but for me it works. I would suggest anyone over the age of 18 to test their T levels. I’ve talked with friends who had PTSD and have been suicidal and TRT saved their life."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I began testosterone treatment in June of 2008. I self injected 200mgs of Enanthate. After 2 months I stopped using it due to painful injection sites. In 10/08 my Doctor prescribed me the Androgel pumps. My levels were at 198 which for a 36 year old male is way low, no wonder I felt terrible. No drive to do anything, including sex, which for me was unheard of. I started out with two pumps but I noticed no change. In 11/08 4 pumps which actually caused a drop in my levels. 01/09 I began six pumps. In the past 5 months I have felt good. I am playing sports again, sex life is better, and I have lost 15 lbs. I have no side effects. Still a head of hair! I just feel really good. I feel like I am 26 again. No regrets. Use 100mg of B6 and more protein."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I've been on and off Androgel for over 20 years now. Having had other health issues, I ignored my symptoms of Low T for the last two years. My fatigue was quite heavy, I had night sweats that drenched me nightly and rarely a sexual thought. My number was 114.50. Very low. I felt the effects of Androgel that very same day. I actually had a sexual thought about six hours after applying the gel and I did not have the night sweats on the very first night. To say I am pleased is an understatement. I'm looking forward to more energy, a pleasant mood and a clearer mind of thought. I'm very grateful for this medication. The V.A. paid fully for this medication."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I have been on AndroGel for two months now and I can say this is the best I have felt in the last 5 years. I feel like I am 20 years old again. Not 53 anymore. My T count was at 101 I had no drive what so ever. Now 2 months on AndroGel and I am up to 780 count and still going up. Better body tone more muscle mass belly fat going away. I have lost over 15 lbs in 2 months. And I have more engery than I know what to do with..And the wife has no complaints what so ever."
For Hypogonadism, Male "This is my second review of Androgel. I have now been using it for about 11 days. Still very early to give a complete review. However I have noticed an improvement in libido. I have found myself thinking more about sex and also noticing women more. I have also noticed a bit more energy especially getting out of bed. I am on 2 pumps which is a rather low amount. It hasn't been world changing but it has only been 11 days and a low dosage. I'm giving it several months to really evaluate but if it keeps improving like it has I will be happy. Hope this helps others."
For Hypogonadism, Male "I am 56 years old. I started out with very low Testosterone levels around 150. Once on Androgel the level peaked at about 500 which was our goal. At the higher testosterone achieved with 4 pumps I encountered a large weight gain (not all muscle either). I also experienced an alarming amount of breast enlargement and breast pain behind the nipple. While on Androgel for only a few months I experienced an increase in libido and the return of night/morning erections. I also experienced a remarkable increase in muscle strength."
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