What is Testosterone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Testosterone Cypionate AndroGel Androgel pump 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 84 68
Hypogonadism 62 38
Fatigue 31 20
Androgen deficiency 27 11
Gender dysphoria 21 8
Hormone replacement 14 4

Show all 68 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 13
Moderate 23
Mild 36
None 125

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Testosterone

Side effect Patients
Acne breakout 6
Acne 4
Aggressive behavior 3
Elevated hematocrit 3
Hair loss 3
Anxious mood 2

Show all 46 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

Dosage Patients
100 mg weekly 5
200 mg every other week 4
1 g daily 3
3.24 % daily 3
1 mL every other week 2
1 % daily 2
40 mg weekly 2
20.25 mg daily 2
150 mg weekly 2
200 mg weekly 2

See all 59 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Testosterone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 30
Doctor's advice 21
Other 18
Side effects too severe 18
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 6
Course of treatment ended 5
See all 80 patients who've stopped taking Testosterone

Duration

Currently taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 129
Usually 49
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 81
Not at all hard to take 66
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 10
$25-49 37
< $25 66
Not specified 77

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Testosterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 6
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Noriday) 1

Patients stopped taking Testosterone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 6
HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Pregnyl) 2
Clomiphene (Clomid) 1
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Progesterone (Prometrium) 1
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28 patient evaluations for Testosterone

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
    Moderate (for increased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypogonadism)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for erectile dysfunction)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • 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
    Moderate (for hypogonadism)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for erectile dysfunction)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • 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 low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hypogonadism)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for erectile dysfunction)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • 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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