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Androderm (Generic Testosterone Transdermal Patch)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Adult males with hypogonadism can utilise testosterone transdermal patches to treat their low testosterone symptoms (a condition in which the body does not produce enough natural testosterone). Only men with low testosterone levels brought on by specific illnesses, such as abnormalities of the testicles, pituitary gland (a tiny gland in the brain), or hypothalamus (a portion of the brain), which results in hypogonadism, are treated with testosterone. Before you start using testosterone transdermal patches, your doctor will request specific blood tests to examine your testosterone levels and see if they are low. Men who have low testosterone owing to ageing (also known as “age-related hypogonadism”) shouldn’t utilise testosterone to alleviate their symptoms. The class of drugs known as androgenic hormones includes testosterone. The male sexual organs and other typical male traits grow, develop, and function as a result of the hormone testosterone, which is created by the body. Transdermal testosterone patches function by supplanting the testosterone that the body naturally produces.

How should this medicine be used?

Transdermal testosterone is available as a skin-applying patch. It is typically administered between 8:00 p.m. and midnight every night and left on for 24 hours. Apply testosterone patches every evening at around the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Use the testosterone patch(es) as prescribed. Apply the patches only as directed by your doctor, not more frequently or less often.

To apply your patch, decide on a location on your back, stomach, thighs, or upper arms (es). Make sure the location you have picked is not over a bone, such as a shoulder or hip, oily, hairy, prone to perspire heavily, or likely to be compressed from sitting or sleeping. Applying the patch(es) to the scrotum or an area of skin with open wounds, ulcers, or irritation is not advised. Make sure the patch won’t be tugged, folded, or stretched during routine activity and will remain flat against the skin. Every night, pick a fresh location, and wait at least seven days before using another patch there.

After opening, use testosterone patches right away. If the patch seems to be damaged or the pouch seal is broken, do not use. Keep the patches intact.

For at least three hours after applying the patch(es), avoid taking a shower, bath, swimming, or washing the area. Wear the testosterone patch(s) you have until you are ready to switch to the new patch at all times (es). Before going swimming, bathing, taking a shower, or engaging in sexual activity, do not remove your patch(es).

The patch could become loose or come off as a result of exercise or high perspiration. Use your fingers to smooth down any loose patches. Apply a fresh patch if one comes off before noon. Apply a new patch at your next scheduled application time that evening if a patch comes off after midday. The testosterone patch should not be applied using tape.

Depending on the level of testosterone in your blood during treatment, your doctor may change the dosage of your testosterone.

Your disease may be controlled but not cured with testosterone patches. Even if you feel well, keep applying testosterone patches. Without consulting your doctor, do not stop using testosterone patches. Your symptoms can reappear if you stop using testosterone.

The steps of using testosterone patches are as follows:

  1. Clean and dry the area before applying the patch.
  2. Remove the patch by tearing the foil bag at the edge. Wait until you are prepared to apply the patch before opening the pouch.
  3. Remove the silver disc and protective liner from the patch and throw them away.
  4. With the sticky side facing up, apply the patch to your skin and apply pressure for 10 seconds with your palm. Make sure the patch is completely adhered to your skin, paying particular attention to the edges.
  5. The used patch should be folded in half with the adhesive sides adhered together and disposed of carefully so that children and dogs cannot access it. When you are ready to remove the patch, pull it off the skin. If they chew on or play with worn patches, children and animals may suffer injury.
  6. Apply a fresh patch right away by carrying out steps 1-4.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using testosterone patches,

  • If you have an allergy to testosterone, any other drugs, or any of the components in testosterone patches, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal items, and prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking or using. Anticoagulants (also known as “blood thinners”) including warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), insulin (Apridra, Humalog, Humulin, and others), and oral steroids like dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), and prednisone should all be mentioned (Rayos). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have breast cancer or believe you may have prostate cancer, let your doctor know. Most likely, your doctor will advise against using a testosterone transdermal patch.
  • Inform your doctor if you have or have ever experienced urinary issues brought on by lung, heart, kidney, or liver disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, sleep apnea, excessive blood calcium levels, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH; an enlarged prostate).
  • You should be aware that only adult men can utilise transdermal testosterone. This drug is not recommended for use by women, children, or teenagers. In children and teenagers, testosterone can prevent bone growth and result in precocious puberty (early puberty). The baby could be harmed if testosterone is used by a woman who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or is nursing.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking a testosterone transdermal patch with your doctor. In general, testosterone should not be used by older men unless they have hypogonadism.
  • If you plan to get a magnetic resonance imaging test, let your doctor know (MRI; a medical test that uses powerful magnets to take pictures of the inside of the body). To remove your testosterone patch(es) before the exam, your doctor presumably will advise you.
  • You should be aware that testosterone patches can be used while having sex. It is extremely improbable that your partner will be exposed to more testosterone than very small amounts. If your female companion starts to get new or worsening acne or starts to get hair in new locations on her body, call a doctor right once.
  • You should be aware that the area of skin where you apply the patch can itch (es). If this occurs, you could remove your patch and then dab a little hydrocortisone cream over the affected region (es). Call your doctor if your skin is still itchy after this treatment. Your doctor might advise you to use a different cream on the affected area.
  • You should be aware that using testosterone in greater levels, in combination with other male sex hormone products, or in methods other than those prescribed by a doctor has been linked to reports of serious negative effects. Heart attack, heart failure, or other heart issues; stroke and mini-stroke; liver disease; seizures; or changes in mental health like depression, mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood), aggressive or unfriendly behaviour, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that are not there), or delusions are some of these side effects (having strange thoughts or beliefs that have no basis in reality). If they abruptly stop using testosterone, people who use higher doses of the hormone than are advised by a doctor may also experience withdrawal symptoms like depression, extreme fatigue, craving, irritability, restlessness, loss of appetite, inability to fall or stay asleep, or a decreased sex drive. Follow your doctor’s instructions for using the testosterone transdermal patch exactly.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

The missed patch(es) should be applied as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying extra patches won’t make up for a forgotten dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Using testosterone transdermally may have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Blisters that resemble burns and cause discomfort, redness, hardness, burning, or itching where the patches were put
  • Larger or more delicate breasts
  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Headache

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Even though the following signs are unusual, you should call your doctor right once if you notice any of them:

  • Lower leg discomfort, edoema, warmth, or redness
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Slow or challenging speech
  • Unsteadiness or weakness
  • Arm or leg weakness or numbness
  • Chest pain
  • Erections that are more frequent than normal or that persist
  • Ankles, feet, and hands swelling
  • Weak urine flow, frequent urination, strong urge to urinate immediately, and difficulty urinating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • The skin or eyes turning yellow
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Breathing issues, especially at night

When applied in high quantities, testosterone patches have the potential to reduce the quantity of sperm (male reproductive cells) generated. If you’re a guy who wants to start a family, talk to your doctor about the potential hazards of taking this drug.

Prostate cancer risk may rise as a result of testosterone use. Discuss the dangers of using this drug with your doctor.

There are potential negative effects from testosterone. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). If subjected to high heat or pressure, testosterone patches may rupture.

So that no one else can use them unintentionally or on purpose, store testosterone transdermal patches in a secure location. Keep track of the remaining patches so you can identify those that are missing.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Too much testosterone may be taken into your system if you apply patches too frequently or for an extended period of time. You might then encounter signs of an overdose.

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how your body reacts to testosterone, your doctor may prescribe specific lab tests.

Testosterone has the potential to affect the outcomes of some laboratory examinations. Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are using testosterone patches prior to any testing.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Transdermal patches for testosterone are a regulated substance. Only a limited amount of refills are permitted for prescriptions; if you have any doubts, speak with your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Androderm®
  • Testoderm®
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