What is Testosterone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Testosterone Cypionate AndroGel Testosterone cream Show all

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See also: Testosterone Cypionate Testosterone Enanthate

Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. It is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females. It is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. It is related to libido, energy, immune function and protection from osteoporosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Low testosterone 112 74
Hypogonadism 86 44
Androgen deficiency 54 10
Fatigue 35 20
Gender dysphoria 28 12
Klinefelter syndrome 28 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 13
Moderate 25
Mild 41
None 130

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Testosterone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Acne breakout 6
Acne 4
Elevated hematocrit 4
Aggressive behavior 3
Hair loss 3
Increased sex drive (libido) 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5 mL weekly 2
40 mg weekly 2
81 mg daily 2
1 other every 12 weeks 1
0.75 mg every other week 1
4 mL every 8 weeks 1
0.7 mg weekly 1
1 mL weekly 1
1 other weekly 1
1 m,w,f 1

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Why patients stopped taking Testosterone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 30
Other 22
Doctor's advice 20
Side effects too severe 18
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 6
Personal research 5
See all 83 patients who've stopped taking Testosterone

Duration

Currently taking Testosterone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Testosterone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 138
Usually 50
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 48
A little hard to take 81
Not at all hard to take 72
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 11
$25-49 37
< $25 70
Not specified 84

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Testosterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 6
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 1
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Aygestin) 1

Patients stopped taking Testosterone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 6
Clomiphene (Clomid) 2
HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Ovidrel) 2
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Progesterone (Prometrium) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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27 patient evaluations for Testosterone

Oct 30, 2019 (Started Feb 21, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypogonadism)
  • Side effects
    Mild (increased estrogen)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3.24 % Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 4, 2019 (Started Feb 21, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hypogonadism)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (increased estrogen)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1.62 % Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 31, 2018 (Started Feb 21, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for hypogonadism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.62 % Daily
Advice & Tips: estrogen conversion up from 24 to 59.. im a woman dammit... gotta get aromatase inhibitor ... the dose was cut in half my T is back to 160. hairy forearms!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 18, 2018 (Started Feb 21, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hypogonadism)
  • Side effects
    Mild (increased estrogen)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.62 % Daily
Advice & Tips: estrogen conversion is at max 50 need to cut back yto half pump a day.. of one full every other day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Feb 21, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hypogonadism)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (increased estrogen)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.62 % Daily
Advice & Tips: dont give them your phone number if your not hugging anyone try half the dose on the underside of your arms dont overdo it youll get estrogen conversion really easy
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 1, 2016 (Started Nov 07, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for erectile dysfunction)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypogonadism)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for increased sex drive (libido))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Nov 07, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for erectile dysfunction)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hypogonadism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.62 other Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2015 (Started Nov 07, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for erectile dysfunction)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hypogonadism)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for low testosterone)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.62 other Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 28, 2015 (Started Feb 24, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for low testosterone)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin tenderness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Application is problematic because either the patient has to do self application or a second person has to put on gloves to prevent hormone exposure that causes male secondary sex characteristics regardless of the person's gender. This is also a problem if you have skin to skin contact with a second person and any moisture allows the gel to transfer to them. Libido has improved, but not fully returned.

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