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 86 69
Hypogonadism 64 38
Fatigue 31 20
Androgen deficiency 27 11
Gender dysphoria 21 8

Show all 65 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 126

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 44 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

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

See all 61 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 4
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 12

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 130
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 67
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 10
$25-49 37
< $25 66
Not specified 78

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Testosterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 6
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 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

May 23, 2012 (Started Feb 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for lichen sclerosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 18, 2012 (Started Feb 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for lichen sclerosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 3, 2012 (Started Feb 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for lichen sclerosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 29, 2012 (Started Feb 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for lichen sclerosus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 14, 2012 (Started Jul 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

May 15, 2011 (Started Jul 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

Mar 9, 2011 (Started Jul 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 21, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rub on arm to increase level)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 other Daily
Advice & Tips: my blood showed low T. It improved some with this.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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