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 85 69
Hypogonadism 61 38
Fatigue 31 20
Androgen deficiency 27 11
Gender dysphoria 20 7
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 34
None 127

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Testosterone

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

Show all 56 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

Dosage Patients
100 mg weekly 4
200 mg weekly 4
1 g daily 3
1 mL every other week 2
1.62 % daily 2
3.24 % daily 2
4 g daily 2
40 mg weekly 2
1,000 mg every 12 weeks 2
200 mg every other week 2

See all 58 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
Course of treatment ended 5
Personal research 5
See all 79 patients who've stopped taking Testosterone

Duration

Currently taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 24
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 16
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 44
A little hard to take 80
Not at all hard to take 66
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 10
$25-49 36
< $25 68
Not specified 76

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Testosterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 5
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Noriday) 1

Patients stopped taking Testosterone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 5
Clomiphene (Clomid) 1
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Pregnyl) 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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