ANDROGEL Reviews

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RATING  REASONSIDE EFFECTS FOR ANDROGELCOMMENTSSEXAGEDURATION/
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DATE ADDED
 
 4  Low T I've had two Basel Cell carcinomas (cancers) removed, both on my shoulders where the gel goes, along with a few non-cancerous growths that were removed/checked. WTF Does AndroGel cause skin cancer?! Quite a coincidence that I've had two removed, only on my shoulders. M 69 6 years
3pumps/day 1X D
12/5/2021
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 1  Pituitary Adenoma Insomnia, Anxiety and hot flashes. Great for libido but literally killed my sleep. M 42 30 days
25 mg 1X D
6/7/2021
 5  pituitary adenoma Check out my cabergoline/Dostinex comments on this site. Two pumps of the 1.62 Androgel has kept my maleness intact these past 10 years. Naturally,as my T levels improved I also regained libido,beard,body hair,etc. Also,of course,I'm also presribed Dostinex/cabergoline. The most notable effect is an increase in self confidence in social situations. If,for some reason,your T-levels go up a little too high( 800-900) there's a tendency to be a little too aggresive and assertive. I can't explain why this happens but it has occurred a couple times even though the dosage has been the same. As I implied before, this treatment in conjunction with the Dostinex has been great for me. No negative side effects. M 77 10 years
2 pumps 1X D
1/31/2021
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 3  Low Testosterone Started 1.6% Androgel in the Army. Same Dosage over 22 years. One pump per Shoulder/Upper Arm. Started at 175 Total Test and 26 Free Test. Never got any higher than 325 over 22 years. Fired my Doctor. Stopped taking it and went holistic...lots of spinach and mushrooms and working out. Just had my labs done again by the VA and I'm 166 Total and 26.7 Free. Ultra Low T. They prescribed Androgel 1.6% again. Wow...Overall it does improve my typical Low T Symptoms a little. Very little improvement in the ED Department. Some attitude and irritability improvements. Very little workout improvements. 65yo Athletic Male at 70" and 240lbs(Former Weightlifter). Weight Loss has been impossible over the past year. Tried everything from Atkins to Keto to Egg Diet to 7 Day Cabbage Soup Diet(the worst one out there), etc... This Prescription ends in 2 months and I will start Injectables of Testosterone Enanthate 250 at 125mg per week at 2x per week for 2 months. New Lab work at the end of 8 weeks and an evaluation of how I feel from A-Z. I know I will NEVER get anywhere near 500-600 Total with Androgel. Current Prescription is $1100 per month paid for by Insurance. Injectable with 8 syringes is $12 per month. Yeah, this is a No Brainer for me... M 65 22 years
40.5mg 1X D
9/3/2020
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 5  Low testostrone Ankle swelling M 67 6 months
60.75
8/25/2017
 4  Now over 17 yrs since 40 for HIV Deepening of Voice occurs always through the years after two weeks stop/start therapy You must learn to monitor salt and that is hard because it is found(sodium) in everything sometimes it depends on cycle(yourself) as strange as it sounds to move to bed time after a shower if it is making you sluggish during the day and these events occur over years, Number Two If you don't work out taking it stop it, You will just get fat Case Closed on that, You MUST REMEMBER this Drug and it predecessors was designed for Individuals that had a Viral Load of HIV that was depleting there Testosterone. In the general Public does that equate to efficacy the cause of low T? No it does not, Low T in the Modern world is environmental, Plastics, Soy in food, stress in the Digital world etc. You may not need the dose your Doctor says, Women Dr's are worthless concerning Low T, It is just not their forte Before embarking on a low T quest if I was HIV Negative, I would remove all environmental products,food,stress and just try plain walking each day.My comments are so because I read all the posts and You are looking for a magic bullet when you don't even know the cause. I believe me I know cause and effect M 58 17 years
40.5 2X D
11/29/2016
 4  Now over 17 yrs since 40 for HIV Deepening of Voice occurs always through the years after two weeks stop/start therapy You must learn to monitor salt and that is hard because it is found(sodium) in everything sometimes it depends on cycle(yourself) as strange as it sounds to move to bed time after a shower if it is making you sluggish during the day and these events occur over years, Number Two If you don't work out taking it stop it, You will just get fat Case Closed on that, You MUST REMEMBER this Drug and it predecessors was designed for Individuals that had a Viral Load of HIV that was depleting there Testosterone. In the general Public does that equate to efficacy the cause of low T? No it does not, Low T in the Modern world is environmental, Plastics, Soy in food, stress in the Digital world etc. You may not need the dose your Doctor says, Women Dr's are worthless concerning Low T, It is just not their forte Before embarking on a low T quest if I was HIV Negative, I would remove all environmental products,food,stress and just try plain walking each day.My comments are so because I read all the posts and You are looking for a magic bullet when you don't even know the cause. I believe me I know cause and effect M 58 17 years
40.5 2X D
11/29/2016
 5  Testosterone came back slightly low None This stuff is fabulous! My sex drive was a bit low and I was tired and had low energy. I feel like I'm myself again. My sex drive has returned in fact better than before. I have more staMina and last much longer..my wife is very very happy! M 49 6 months
11/8/2016
 4  Low testosterone&energy, depression Some pimples occationaly I take 50 mg daily in gel form. I have noticed that I'm much more decisive and virile (strong, leading). My thinking is much more specific and clear (no foggy philosophizing anymore. I have also noticed some improvement in libido and strenght of orgasms. But it didn't helped my depression at all. M 46 3 years
50 mg 1X D
12/31/2015
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 4  low testosterone I am having trouble with my appetite. Even when I'm very hungry I am not able to eat as much as I normally do as I feel nauseated. My nipples feel a little bigger and always are erect, this is not unpleasant and gives a thrill when touched while aroused. Over all I feel much better. My chest is bigger and my waist is smaller. (I workout three times a week now) My energy and strength are returning although the day after a hard workout I still feel a little tired. I am feeling very aroused throughout the day but this is much better than feeling sexually numb. My general sense of well being has returned. No one has called me a grouch lately and I haven't wanted to lash out even when I'm angry. My patience with others has returned. M 55 6 weeks
5mg 1X D
12/8/2015
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 1  Low testosterone Hairy belly and upper arms. No increase in testosterone. Gained 50 pounds. No increase in strength. High blood pressure. Pain in knees and feet. Everybody was right. Get injectable testosterone. Using generic gel from Israel. May be bunk. M 50 6 months
10
11/16/2015
 3  vericoles Skin irritation sleepy Afraid of high colesterol Blood pressure and many other things doc didn't tell me about other than that I think it's great M 48 5 days
5
10/19/2015
 3  low testosterone Shrinkage of testicles, excessive hair grown, Weight loss, and loss of appetite I benefited from some increase in libido. However required heavy reliance on Cialis. Was able to maintain alertness and no longer falling asleep during the day. Was motivated to start weightlifting without any weight gain though. M 65 2 years
4 pumps/da
5/15/2015
 2  low testosterone (Kleinfelters dise Low testosterone,depression,very low sex drive! Pain in nuts! When I 1st started taking it 10 yrs ago I was around 240 taking one packet a day.big time weight gain but only to my stomach area. Went in for a check up last wk and I am a number 9!!!! NO TESTOSTERONE!!!!! Which explains why I have NO SEX DRIVE!!! My doctor is now prescribed me 20mg daily! She must think money grows on trees!!! Having trouble maintaining a erection! Every since the bump in dosage I've been getting very dizzy .what else is out there that I could take? M 35 10 days
20mg daily
4/3/2015
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 1  Low testosterone Testicles shrunk, rapid weight gain, hair thinning, fatigue returned to previous levels (I.e. terrible) , testicles would rise up into my body which they never did before. I initially had a testosterone injection at the doctors office when he prescribed androgel. I felt great until the injection wore off and then I was worse than before. Any weight I lost in the first 2 weeks came with interest and there was nothing I could do about it. I am having a hard time persuading doctprs to switch me to self injections but either way, I am done with androgel. It's a waste of time and 2 pumps, which is nothing, costs over $80 per month with insurance, compared to $10 for the injectable stuff. You are meant to take it in the morning so it wears off by night. Why would anybody want a strong libido at night? No wait, that is the only time I want it. M 34 3 months
2 pumps 1X D
3/29/2015
 1  Low Testosterone Beware, initial effectiveness rapidly dissappeared after 3 months. Initial prescription daily level temporarily raised T-level from 220 to 420 at my 1 month blood test, but then after 3 months at same AndroGel level next blood test showed T-level dropped to 200. Dr. about doubled AndroGel prescription which temporarily raised level to 400, but then again dropped back to about 250 after another coupled months. Switched to IM weekly injections of Testosterone Cypionate which REALLY works well. Its my understanding that the loss of effectiveness of AndroGel is caused by the skin (epidermis) layer developing over time an increased ability to convert AndroGel to a form of estrogen, which is not good for guys to have elevated. Injections bypass skin layer so no loss of effectiveness of treatment over time. I'm now maintaining a constant high 500 range. I really question that research on AndroGel's effectiveness over time. M 51
1X D
2/22/2015
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 1  Hypogonadism - low energy Heightened aggressiveness. Felt like I would get angry more easily. Shrunken testicles. Slightly elevated muscle mass. I recommend not getting on this medication unless you absolutely have to. I believe that it has some real benefits for some people, but it is very expensive, so imagine what it would be like to be on it and lose your insurance. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the medication never really raised my testosterone levels even to the middle of the normal range, so weaning myself off of it was not a big deal. After discussing it with my Dr. (VERY IMPORTANT), I dropped the dosage by one pump (I was at 6/day) every two weeks, and have been completely off of it now for well over a week, and feel fine. There were a few days while I was weaning myself off of it that I felt a bit strange, and I have experienced a bit more muscle soreness, but nothing I can't tolerate. M 43 5 years
6 pumps 1X D
1/28/2015
 5  Low T and energy This was a godsend for me. I now have a very healthy sexual drive and great energy. I've not experienced any of the side effects mentioned here. Love it!!!! M 52 2 years
2 pumps
11/22/2014
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 5  1 1/2 years trouble sleeping if take it too late you have to pry out my hands. miracle drug i was very low below 100 now normal is 800 M 63 1.5 years
7.5gm 1X D
5/18/2014
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 5  Hypogonadism from brain tumor Mild acne, testicular atrophy M 57 4 years
81 daily
4/6/2014
  

ANDROGEL  (TESTOSTERONE):  This medicated gel contains testosterone. It is used for hormone replacement in men who are not able to produce enough testosterone (e.g., hypogonadism). This medication is absorbed through the skin, enters your bloodstream, and helps your body reach normal testosterone levels. Testosterone helps the body to develop and maintain the male sexual characteristics (masculinity), such as a deep voice and body hair. It also helps to maintain muscle and prevent bone loss, and is necessary for natural sexual ability/desire. This drug should not be used by women.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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