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Generic Androgel, Vogelxo, Testim, Fortesta

Testosterone (Androgel) is an expensive drug used to support normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice. This gel is used in males to treat low testosterone levels. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic form. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost. Compare androgens.

Insurance Coverage: Many major insurance plans no longer cover generic testosterone gel as of 2015. Learn More

Looking for the compounded version? See prices for testosterone cream.

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Testosterone Side Effects

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 can transfer from your body to others. If a person or pet comes in contact with the area where this medicine was applied to your skin, they may have a serious risk of side effects. If you cannot avoid skin-to-skin contact with another person, make sure the site where this medicine was applied is covered with clothing. If accidental contact happens, the skin of the person or pet should be washed right away with soap and water. Also, a female partner who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant should avoid contact with the gel or treated skin.

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.

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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:

More common

Blood in the urine

difficulty urinating

frequent urination

Less common

Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet

blurred vision

feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded

feeling of warmth or heat

flushing or redness of the skin, especially on the face and neck

frequent strong or increased urge to urinate

headache

nervousness

pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg

pounding in the ears

slow or fast heartbeat

sweating

swelling of the breasts or breast soreness in both females and males

tingling of the hands or feet

unusual weight gain or loss

waking to urinate at night

Incidence not known

Aggressive behavior

anxiety

bluish lips or skin

chest pain

cough

decrease in testicle size

development of pubic hair

difficult or labored breathing

dizziness or lightheadedness

enlargement of the clitoris or penis

fainting

fast heartbeat

not breathing

pain, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg

painful or prolonged erection of the penis

sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing

tightness in the chest

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:

More common

Blemishes on the skin

burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at the application site

pimples

Less common

Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

crying

decreased interest in sexual intercourse

depression

discoloration of the hair

dry skin

euphoria

hair loss

inability to have or keep an erection

lack or loss of strength

loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance

loss of memory

paranoia

problems with memory

quick to react or overreact emotionally

rapidly changing moods

thinning of the hair

Incidence not known

Increased in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance

trouble sleeping

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.

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