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A correct diagnosis is critical to getting the correct therapy and expected results—and that begins with a standard blood test.
Several cross-sectional and longitudinal studies demonstrate that serum total and free testosterone concentrations in men fall with increasing age. Although the fall is gradual, by the eighth decade according to one study, 30% of men had testosterone values in the hypogonadal range, and more than 60% had low free testosterone levels. Serum testosterone levels are also affected by chronic disease and medications.
This decline in testosterone level is a natural transition. For most men, the decline is not a problem. But if you have symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, decreased sexual desire, fatigue, and depressed mood, you may be testosterone deficient.
A standard blood test can diagnose deficiency. If the test shows that your total testosterone is less than 300 ng/dL, you may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy.
Take the T Quiz. The questionnaire may help you decide if you need to talk to your doctor about checking your testosterone levels.
Androderm® is used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
You should not use Androderm® if you have breast cancer, known or suspected prostate cancer, or if you have pre-existing heart, kidney, or liver disease. You should also not use Androderm® if you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, as testosterone may cause fetal harm. If you have an enlarged prostate (BPH), you should be monitored for worsening signs and symptoms. Women and children should not be exposed to Androderm®. Taking testosterone may lead to a condition in which there are no sperm in the semen, and if you have risk factors, may cause sleep apnea (abnormal pauses in breathing). Your healthcare provider should monitor you for prostate specific antigen (PSA), liver function, lipids, and blood parameters. The most common adverse events in a study of 36 patients treated with Androderm® were skin irritation (itching at the application site), application site blisters, and back pain.
Androderm® is available only by prescription.
To report suspected adverse reactions, contact Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-800-272-5525 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Please see full Prescribing Information.
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