ABOUT LOW TESTOSTERONE
You probably already know that testosterone plays
a major role in the body. Due to possible medical
conditions, your testosterone levels might start to drop.
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Function of testosterone

Testosterone is an important sex hormone, also known as an androgen. Testosterone affects several important parts of the male body:

  • Sperm production
  • Bone mass
  • Muscle mass
  • Sex organs
  • Hair growth patterns

Your brain—specifically the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus—tells the testes how much testosterone to produce. Proper testosterone production allows all these male attributes to function normally.

What is low testosterone, otherwise known as hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism is the medical term for low testosterone. Your doctor may refer to it as “low T” for short. There are a variety of reasons why a man’s body is not producing enough testosterone.

If you suspect your testosterone levels might be low, you’re not alone—an estimated 4 to 5 million American men may not produce enough testosterone.

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Decrease in testosterone
Causes

There are a number of medical conditions that can cause hypogonadism in men.

Possible causes of primary hypogonadism

  • trauma directly to the penis
  • removing the testes (usually done for testicular cancer)
  • orchitis, which is an inflammation of the testes that occurs after having the mumps
  • radiation treatments or chemotherapy for other diseases may damage the testosterone-producing cells of the testes
  • testicular tumor

There are also a host of conditions that originate in the pituitary/hypothalamus part of your brain, as well as a number of genetic conditions.

Possible causes of secondary hypogonadism

Then there are the conditions that can be associated with hypogonadism, rather than being a direct cause of it like those above:

  • tumor, trauma, or radiation that involves the pituitary gland’s control of the testes
  • genetic abnormalities that affect the normal function of the hormones from the brain and pituitary that control the testes
How to diagnose hypogonadism

Hypogonadism is diagnosed through a blood test that measures the amount of
testosterone in your blood. It’s recommended that the test be done in the early
morning, because that’s when your testosterone levels are at their highest.
And because your levels also vary from week to week, if your results show your
testosterone is low, your doctor will most likely have the test repeated to make
sure it really is. Only your doctor can diagnose hypogonadism.

Blood test to confirm hypogonadism
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IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

Who should not use ANDRODERM? Do not use ANDRODERM if you:

INDICATION

ANDRODERM is a prescription medicine that contains testosterone. ANDRODERM is used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone due to certain medical conditions.

Your healthcare provider will test your blood for testosterone before you start and while you are taking ANDRODERM.

It is not known if ANDRODERM is safe and effective to treat men who have low testosterone due to aging.

It is not known if ANDRODERM is safe and effective in children younger than 18 years old. Improper use of ANDRODERM may affect bone growth in children.

ANDRODERM is a controlled substance (CIII) because it contains testosterone that can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines. Keep your ANDRODERM in a safe place to protect it. Never give your ANDRODERM to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms you have. Selling or giving away this medicine may harm others and it is against the law.

ANDRODERM is not meant for use by women.

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION (cont’d)

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using ANDRODERM? Before you use ANDRODERM, tell your healthcare provider if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Using ANDRODERM with other medicines can affect how ANDRODERM works and how other medicines work. Especially, tell your healthcare provider if you take:

What are the possible side effects of ANDRODERM? ANDRODERM can cause serious side effects including:

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the serious side effects listed above.

The most common side effects of ANDRODERM include:

Other side effects include more erections than are normal for you or erections that last a long time.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of ANDRODERM.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

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IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

Who should not use ANDRODERM? Do not use ANDRODERM if you:

  • are a man who has breast cancer
  • have or might have prostate cancer
  • are pregnant or may become pregnant or are breastfeeding. ANDRODERM may harm your unborn or breastfeeding baby

INDICATION

ANDRODERM is a prescription medicine that contains testosterone. ANDRODERM is used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone due to certain medical conditions.

Your healthcare provider will test your blood for testosterone before you start and while you are taking ANDRODERM.

It is not known if ANDRODERM is safe and effective to treat men who have low testosterone due to aging.

It is not known if ANDRODERM is safe and effective in children younger than 18 years old. Improper use of ANDRODERM may affect bone growth in children.

ANDRODERM is a controlled substance (CIII) because it contains testosterone that can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines. Keep your ANDRODERM in a safe place to protect it. Never give your ANDRODERM to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms you have. Selling or giving away this medicine may harm others and it is against the law.

ANDRODERM is not meant for use by women.

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION (cont’d)

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using ANDRODERM? Before you use ANDRODERM, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have breast cancer
  • have or might have prostate cancer
  • have urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate
  • have heart problems
  • have kidney or liver problems
  • have problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea)
  • have diabetes
  • have any other medical conditions

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Using ANDRODERM with other medicines can affect how ANDRODERM works and how other medicines work. Especially, tell your healthcare provider if you take:

  • insulin
  • medicines that decrease blood clotting
  • corticosteroids

What are the possible side effects of ANDRODERM? ANDRODERM can cause serious side effects including:

  • If you already have an enlargement of your prostate gland your signs and symptoms may get worse while using ANDRODERM. This can include:
    • increased urination at night
    • trouble starting your urine stream
    • having to pass urine many times during the day
    • having an urge that you have to go to the bathroom right away
    • having a urine accident
    • being unable to pass urine or weak urine flow
  • Possible increased risk of prostate cancer. Your healthcare provider should check you for prostate cancer or any other prostate problems before you start and while you use ANDRODERM.
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs. Signs and symptoms can include leg pain, swelling or redness of your legs, difficulty breathing or chest pain.
  • Possible increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • In large doses ANDRODERM may lower your sperm count.
  • Swelling of your ankles, feet, or body, with or without heart failure.
  • Enlarged or painful breasts.
  • Problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea).

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the serious side effects listed above.

The most common side effects of ANDRODERM include:

  • skin redness, irritation, burning, or blisters where ANDRODERM is applied
  • back pain
  • depression
  • headache
  • prostate abnormalities

Other side effects include more erections than are normal for you or erections that last a long time.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of ANDRODERM.

Please see full Prescribing Information.