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Why is this medication prescribed?
Testosterone transdermal patches are used to treat the symptoms of low testosterone in men who do not produce enough natural testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that is usually produced by the body that contributes to the growth, development, and functioning of the male sexual organs and typical male characteristics. Symptoms of low testosterone include decreased sexual desire and ability, extreme tiredness, low energy, depression, and loss of certain male characteristics such as muscular build and deep voice. Testosterone patches work by supplying synthetic testosterone to replace testosterone that is normally produced naturally.
How should this medicine be used?
Transdermal testosterone comes as a patch to apply to the skin. It is usually applied once daily, and the schedule depends on the type of patch. Androderm patches are applied each night between 8 pm and midnight and left on for 24 hours. Testoderm patches are applied at the same time every morning (or any other regular time of day or night if the morning is inconvenient) and left on for 22****� hours. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use testosterone patches exactly as directed. Do not apply more or fewer patches or apply the patches more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Androderm and Testoderm brand patches both contain testosterone, but they are manufactured differently and are intended for use on different parts of the body. Be sure you know which type of patch you are using and where, when, and how you are to apply your patches. Carefully read the manufacturer's patient information that comes with your patches.
If you are using Androderm patches, you should choose a spot on your back, stomach, thighs, or upper arms to apply your patch(es). Be sure that the spot you have chosen is not oily, hairy, likely to perspire heavily, over a bone such as a shoulder or hip, or likely to be under pressure from sitting or sleeping. Do not apply to the scrotum or a skin area with open sores or irritation. Also be sure that the patch will stay flat against the skin and will not be pulled or stretched during normal activity. Choose a different spot each night and wait at least 7 days before applying another patch to a spot you have used.
If you are using Testoderm patches, you should apply them to your scrotum. Before you begin treatment, you should shave the hair from the area. Stretch your scrotal skin and shave with short gentle strokes of a disposable razor. Do not use soap, water, lotions, creams, or chemical hair removers. You should shave the area whenever hair has grown back, usually once or twice a week.
Androderm patches may be worn while swimming, bathing, or showering. However, Testoderm patches should be removed before water activities and placed on a clean, dry surface with the shiny side facing up. After water activities, dry your body and reapply the patch using the regular procedure.
If a patch becomes loose, smooth it down with your fingers. If it falls off, try to reapply the same patch. If the patch cannot be reapplied, apply a new one. However, if an Androderm patch falls off after twelve noon or if a Testoderm patch falls off after you have worn it for 12 hours, do not apply a new patch until your next scheduled application time.
Testosterone patches may control your condition but will not cure it. It may take up to 8 weeks before you feel the full benefit of testosterone. Continue to use testosterone patches even if you feel well. Do not stop using testosterone patches without talking to your doctor. If you stop using testosterone, your symptoms may return.
To use Androderm patches, follow these steps:
To use Testoderm patches, follow these steps:
Other uses for this medicine
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using testosterone patches,
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed patch(es) as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Transdermal testosterone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Medications similar to testosterone that are taken by mouth for a long time may cause serious damage to the liver or liver cancer. Transdermal testosterone has not been shown to cause this damage. Testosterone may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking this medication.
Testosterone may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Use patches immediately after opening the protective pouch. Androderm patches may burst if exposed to extreme heat or pressure. Do not use damaged patches. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
If you wear too many patches, or wear patches for too long, too much testosterone may be absorbed into your bloodstream. In that case, you may experience symptoms of an overdose.
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your body's response to testosterone.
Testosterone can interfere with the results of certain laboratory tests. Before having any tests, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are taking testosterone.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT