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While any of these options can be prescribed for testosterone deficiency, you and your doctor should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Then you can choose the one that matches your needs and lifestyle.
Androderm® 2 mg/4 mg (testosterone transdermal system) is a skin patch. This means that you can put the patch on your upper arm, thigh, stomach, or back. The Androderm® 2 mg/4 mg patches deliver testosterone in a way that is similar to the body's own natural rhythm of testosterone production.* The patch provides 24-hour coverage. It's a convenient, once-daily application and is not very noticeable.
*Clinical relevance is unknown
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.
Models are for illustrative purposes only.