What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. They will need to check the level of testosterone in your blood.
This medicine is only approved for use in men who have low levels of testosterone related to certain medical conditions. Heart attacks and strokes have been reported with the use of this medicine. Notify your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency treatment if you develop breathing problems; changes in vision; confusion; chest pain or chest tightness; sudden arm pain; severe, sudden headache; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; loss of balance or coordination. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
This drug is banned from use in athletes by most athletic organizations.
If you are going to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure, tell your MRI technician if you have this patch on your body. It must be removed before a MRI.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Skin itching, blistering, or redness at the application site
Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
bloody or black, tarry stools
burning feeling at the application site
hardening or thickening of the skin under patch
itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
severe stomach pain
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
bloody or cloudy urine
difficult, burning, or painful urination
frequent urge to urinate
lower back or side pain
pounding in the ears
slow or fast heartbeat
Incidence not known
Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
feeling sad or empty
lack of appetite
loss of interest or pleasure
blemishes on the skin
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
cold hands and feet
contamination of the application site
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
inability to have or keep an erection
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
loss of bladder control
mood or mental changes
sensation of spinning
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.