What is Testosterone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Testosterone Cypionate AndroGel Testosterone cream Show all

false

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 83 68
Hypogonadism 61 38
Fatigue 31 20
Androgen deficiency 27 11
Gender dysphoria 21 8
Hormone replacement 14 4

Show all 69 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 57 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

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

See all 65 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
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10

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
Last updated:

28 patient evaluations for Testosterone

Aug 15, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Klinefelter syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hypogonadism)
  • Side effects
    Severe (rashes (redness, swelling))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg/5 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Jul 5, 2012 (Started Jun 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Every Other Week
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 11, 2008 (Started Oct 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 28 patient evaluations for Testosterone