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 82 64
Hypogonadism 59 33
Fatigue 31 20
Androgen deficiency 27 11
Gender dysphoria 20 7
Hormone replacement 14 4

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  • 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
123

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Testosterone

Side effect Patients
Acne breakout 5
Acne 4
Aggressive behavior 3
Anxious mood 2
Elevated hematocrit 2
Hair loss 2

Show all 56 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Testosterone

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

See all 59 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 5
Course of treatment ended 4
See all 78 patients who've stopped taking Testosterone

Duration

Currently taking Testosterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 24
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 28
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 124
Usually 48
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 78
Not at all hard to take 62
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 10
$25-49 36
< $25 62
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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26 patient evaluations for Testosterone

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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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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Oct 27, 2014 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for low testosterone)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for night sweats)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (elevated hematocrit, testicular atrophy, elevated hematocrit)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: The impact of taking testosterone is mostly very positive. I feel better overall and have a more positive mood. Better erections. Feel fitter and physically stronger. It has also helped with night sweats and insomnia that I experienced before. At too high a does there is also elevated estrogen which causes some 'man boob' symptoms. Unfortunately the benefits tend to taper off over time. I would really like to try using an estrogen blocker instead such as Clomid. But my GP doctor is unwilling to try prescribing that 'off-label.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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