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 78 60
hypogonadism 56 33
Fatigue 30 20
androgen deficiency 25 10
gender dysphoria 16 7
Hormone replacement 15 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 22
Mild 33
None 114

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Testosterone

Side effect Patients
Acne breakout 5
acne 4
Aggression 2
Anxious mood 2
Hair loss 2
Increased body hair 2

Show all 55 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

Dosage Patients
50 mg every 3 months 2
200 mg monthly 2
100 mg weekly 2
20.25 mg daily 2
0.25 mL weekly 1
0.75 mg every other week 1
2 g monthly 1
1 mg every other week 1
1 mL every other week 1
1 mL weekly 1

See all 43 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Testosterone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 29
Doctor's advice 21
Other 19
Side effects too severe 17
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 8
Course of treatment ended 5
Personal research 5
See all 78 patients who've stopped taking Testosterone

Duration

Currently taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 117
Usually 48
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 74
Not at all hard to take 61
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 9
$25-49 34
< $25 61
Not specified 71

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Testosterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 4

Patients stopped taking Testosterone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate) 4
Clomiphene (Clomid) 1
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Progesterone (Prometrium) 1
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27 patient evaluations for Testosterone

Feb 1, 2016 (Started Nov 07, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sex drive (libido) increased)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Sex drive (libido) decreased)
  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 1 helpful mark
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