Generic Androgel (Testosterone) Is Available Sooner Than Expected!

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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NOTE: We apologize for the inconvenience. The Androgel generic is available in pharmacies, but it’s so new we don’t have coupon prices available – yet! Watch for an update in the next few days.

Great news for anyone using Androgel testosterone replacement! Androgel 1% has gone generic ahead of schedule, and the 1% gel pump and packets are now available.

What is Androgel prescribed for?
Androgel 1% (testosterone) is indicated for the replacement of testosterone in adult males due to a deficiency or absence of the male hormone.

Why do some men, as they get older, need to replace their testosterone?

Your testosterone levels will gradually decrease as you age. This decrease can lead to symptoms like fatigue or decreased energy, reduced sexual desire, depressed mood, and loss of body hair.

There are also some medical conditions that can cause a decrease in testosterone, including hypogonadism (when the body is unable to make a normal amount of testosterone), end stage kidney disease, COPD, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes.

How are Androgel and the new generic available?
Androgel is available as a topical gel in 1% and 1.62% strengths—but only the 1% gel has generic approval. Both strengths (brand and generic) come in a metered-dose pump, and 25 mg and 50 mg packets.

Androgel 1% and Androgel 1.62% are not interchangeable—they deliver different amounts of testosterone and are to be applied to different locations on the body.

How is Androgel usually taken?

The recommended starting dose of Androgel 1% is 50 mg ONCE daily in the morning. It is ONLY applied to the shoulders and upper arms or to the stomach area.

Depending on the form you’re prescribed, this is equivalent to:

What are the most common side effects?

Side effects can include acne, application site reactions, abnormal lab tests, and prostate disorders.

Other important information about Androgel and testosterone:
Androgel 1% and testosterone 1% are not to be used by males under 18 years of age.

You can also visit the manufacturer website for more information on both Androgel 1% and Androgel 1.62%.

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