Similar Drugs: Depo-Testosterone, Testoderm
Why is the drug prescribed?
Androderm (testosterone) is used for the treatment of low male hormone production in the male, particularly testosterone. Each patch contains 12.2 mg of testosterone. Only 2.5 mg of testosterone will be absorbed from each patch, or a total of 5 mg/day.
How should it be used?
Androderm is a thin, flexible film you wear on the skin. The inside drug layer is a smooth, shiny, transparent film that clings to the skin. A clear plastic protective liner covers the drug layer and must be removed before use. Each patch lasts for 24 hours once used.
When and where should it be used?
Androderm is a special patch that is made to cling to the skin. Two patches should be used every day. The recommended dosage is two patches applied every evening at bedtime. Rotate placement on the upper arms, thighs, back or abdomen and avoid reapplication to the same site for at least seven days. The patches should be worn continuously, even during sex, showering or exercising. Do not apply Androderm to the scrotum. Do not apply Androderm over any bony prominence, such as hip or shoulder. You do not have to shave the areas where the patches are applied, but it is recommended to use areas with less body hair.
How to apply Androderm?
You should wash and thoroughly dry the skin before application. Remove the plastic covering from the patch and apply firmly to a dry area of the upper arms, thighs, back or abdomen. To remove the patch, gently peel the patch from the skin.
What precautions must I use with Androderm?
Male hormones including testosterone have potential side effects and risks. These include a small chance of allergic reactions (four percent) and chronic skin irritation (five percent). Some other types of male hormones have been reported to cause liver problems, including hepatitis and liver tumors. Testosterone is not known to cause these effects. Some patients note swelling of the legs (edema), which might require water pills (diuretics) to treat. Some patients develop slight enlargement or tenderness of one or both breasts.
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the growth of prostate tissue, and has the potential side effect of causing an increased growth rate in normal and cancerous prostates. In addition, a possible increased risk of developing benign prostate hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) or prostate cancer might exist. Patients who are known to have or suspected to have cancer or significant enlargement of the prostate, cancer of the kidney, liver, or breast or significant heart, kidney or liver disease should not be given male hormone treatments. Patients taking anti-coagulants (Coumadin), insulin or the anti-inflammatory drug oxyphenbutazone might need dose changes. This should be brought to the attention of your regular medical doctor.
Your partner is not at risk for contact with the patches because the occlusive backing prevents contact with the drug.