For adult males with low testosterone
due to a certain medical condition
APPLYING THE PATCH
Androderm® is a patch you apply onto your back, stomach,
upper arms, or thighs nightly for 24 hours. At the end of
that 24-hour period, you remove the used patch and apply
a new one. The site of application should be rotated, with
an interval of 7 days between applications to the same site.
You’re OK to swim or shower with the patch; just wait
3 hours after applying it to do so. In fact, you can maintain
most of your normal activities, including sexual activity,
while wearing the patch. Strenuous exercise or excessive
perspiration may loosen the patch or cause it to fall off.
Androderm® application sites
Where to apply Androderm®
There are 4 different areas where the Androderm® patch can be applied: the back, abdomen, upper arms, and thighs. Do not apply Androderm® to any other parts of your body such as your scrotum, buttocks, or over a bony area. Each night you’re going to apply a new patch to a different spot from the previous night, with an interval of 7 days between applications to the same spot. However, sometimes the area where you had your Androderm® patch may get red after the patch is removed. If the redness doesn’t clear up, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she may suggest using an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream after removing the patch.
How to apply Androderm®
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Androderm® is to be applied to your back, stomach area, upper arms, or thighs only.

Before applying Androderm®, make sure that the area you’re applying it to is clean, dry, and has no broken skin. Make sure to avoid areas that are oily, perspire heavily, or are covered with hair, since Androderm® may not stick well to these areas.

Do not apply Androderm® to your scrotum, buttocks, or over a bony area.



Tear open (don’t cut!) the pouch and remove the patch, which has 2 tabs.



Remove the protective plastic liner and silver disc from the patch. Hold on to the tabs on the patch and the protective plastic liner and gently pull the two apart to remove the plastic liner and silver disc from the patch. This will expose the adhesive and central reservoir area on the patch.

Do not use the Androderm® patch:

  • If the liner is hard to pull off
  • If there is any glue (adhesive) sticking to the liner

In those cases, throw away the patch and the liner and get a new Androderm® patch.



Apply the patch right away after you remove the patch from the protective pouch and remove the plastic liner.

Place the patch flat on the skin with the sticky side down and firmly press around the edges. Make sure that the patch sticks well to the skin.


If the liner is hard to pull off, or if you see any glue or adhesive sticking to the liner, do not use the patch. Instead, throw it away and use a new one.

Be sure to avoid areas that are oily, perspire heavily, or are covered with hair, since Androderm® may not stick well to these areas.

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Androderm® Application Guide
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Apply Androderm® at night
Nighttime is the right time

Androderm® is put on once daily in the evening. Some men apply it near bedtime—in the clinical trial, men put it on around 10 PM.

By putting the patch on at night, you get the most testosterone in the early morning and less at night. You don’t have to cover it—the medication is contained in the center of the patch and is surrounded by a backing that sticks to your skin.

Handy to know

Use Androderm® exactly as your physician tells you to. Do not change the dose without discussing it with your healthcare provider.

If your Androderm® patch becomes loose, smooth it down again by rubbing your finger firmly around the edges. Do not tape Androderm® patches to your skin. Sometimes, a patch may fall off, and in that case, the time of day it happens matters.

IF THE PATCH FALLS OFF:

Before noon

Before noon: Put on a new one and
wear it until you put on a new patch
at your regular time that evening.

After noon

After noon: Do not put on a new one;
rather, wait and apply a new patch at
your regular time that evening.

WHEN NOT TO USE ANDRODERM®

Do not use an Androderm® patch if the pouch seal is broken or the patch is cut, damaged, or changed in any way. Throw it away and use a new one.

Androderm® and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan: Patches that have aluminum in them can cause skin burns at the patch site during an MRI scan. Because Androderm® contains aluminum, you should take off your Androderm® patch before you have an MRI. Follow the guide above for applying another patch after your MRI.

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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.