Low testosterone or hypogonadism is reported to have affected 39 percent of men with age of 45 or higher. This is treated by testosterone supplements which can be applied is different forms. One of the easiest ways to boost testosterone levels is through application of testosterone gels.
Testosterone gels such as Androgel, Axiron, Fortesta, Vogelo, First-Testosterone, First Testosterone MC, and Testim supplies 5 to 10mg of testosterone daily. It is easy to apply compared to testosterone patch and produces less skin reactions. However, not all patients absorb it efficiently. And since it is applied topically, the possibility of skin-to-skin transfer is very high. Similar to other skin medications, the testosterone gel is relatively expensive.
To purchase a testosterone gel, a prescription from a licensed healthcare specialist is necessary. Thus, a patient must first see a doctor to confirm condition that needs testosterone therapy (klick).
To apply the gel, the skin must be clean and dry. Thus it is preferred to be applied after morning bath. The gel is applied on the shoulders or upper arms. It is expected that at least 10 percent of the testosterone content of the gel is absorbed by the body within 24 hours from application time.
The most common side effect of testosterone gel is skin irritation caused by allergic reaction to the ingredients of the gel. It is necessary to keep the skin with testosterone gel away from other persons who should not be taking the medication, especially children. There are no studies conducted to show the effects of testosterone gel on children or breastfeeding mothers. Thus, extreme precaution should be taken.
Drinking alcohol while under medication may also cause negative reactions. If you are taking other medications, make sure to disclose this with your doctor to prevent unwanted interactions with testosterone application.