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 69 51
Hypogonadism 55 25
Fatigue 28 17
Androgen Deficiency 25 10
Hormone replacement 14 2
Gender Dysphoria 13 5

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 9
Moderate 17
Mild 28
None 102

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Testosterone

Side effect Patients
Acne breakout 5
Acne 4
Aggression 2
Increased body hair 2
Prostate problems 2
Rashes (redness, swelling) 2

Show all 48 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

Dosage Patients
100 mg every other week 3
60 mg weekly 3
100 mg weekly 3
1 transplant every 3 months 1
1 other every 12 weeks 1
4 mg every 3 months 1
25 mg every 3 months 1
0.5 other daily 1
1 app daily 1
1 mg daily 1

See all 38 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Testosterone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 26
Doctor's advice 21
Other 17
Side effects too severe 15
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 7
Course of treatment ended 5
Personal research 5
See all 71 patients who’ve stopped taking Testosterone

Duration

Currently taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 99
Usually 44
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 33
A little hard to take 66
Not at all hard to take 52
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 8
$25-49 32
< $25 52
Not specified 59

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Testosterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 3

Patients stopped taking Testosterone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 3
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26 patient evaluations for Testosterone

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See God's Worshipper's full Testosterone history

Feb 1, 2016 (Started Nov 07, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sex drive (libido) increased)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sex drive (libido) decreased)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Low Testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Hypogonadism)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Erectile Dysfunction)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (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 Sex drive (libido) decreased)
  • 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 Sex drive (libido) decreased)
  • 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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Echo Mountain
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Echo Mountain
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:M43y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:10y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

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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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Nav_Shaikh
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Nav_Shaikh
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 51
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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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

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