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Note: This document contains side effect information about testosterone. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name AndroGel.
Applies to testosterone: buccal patch extended release
Other dosage forms:
Along with its needed effects, testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking testosterone:
Incidence not known
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking testosterone:
Symptoms of overdose
Some side effects of testosterone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Applies to testosterone: buccal film extended release, compounding powder, intramuscular solution, nasal gel, subcutaneous implant, subcutaneous solution, transdermal cream, transdermal film extended release, transdermal gel, transdermal ointment, transdermal solution
The most frequently reported side effects with this drug are edema, acne, site pain, injection site erythema, cough or dyspnea during or immediately after injection.
The most frequently reported side effects with testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) topical are skin reaction (16.1%) and allergic contact dermatitis (up to 37%).
Very common (10% or more): Testosterone topical: Skin reaction (16.1%), burn-like blisters (12%), itching, allergic contact dermatitis (up to 37%)
Common (1% to 10%): Acne, induration, burning
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Alopecia, erythema, rash (including rash popular), pruritus, dry skin, folliculitis (testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) topical)
Frequency not reported: Seborrhea, urticaria, male pattern baldness, hirsutism injection site inflammation
Postmarketing reports: Angioedema, angioneurotic edema, hyperhidrosis, discolored hair, leukocytoclastic vasculitis
Very common (10% or more): Accelerated growth
Common (1% to 10%): Increased estradiol, hypogonadism
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased blood testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) Frequency not reported: Signs of virilization in women (e.g., hoarseness, acne, hirsutism, menstrual irregularity, clitoral enlargement, and alopecia), precocious puberty (in prepubertal males)
Postmarketing reports: Hyperparathyroidism, prolactin increased, testosterone increased
Very common (10% or more): Testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) buccal film: Gingivitis (32.6%)
Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, oily stools (due to IM injection oily solvent); Testosterone topical: Gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, gum or mouth irritation (9.2%), taste bitter, gum pain, gum tenderness, gum edema, taste perversion
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nausea
Rare (less than 0.1%): Abdominal pain
Frequency not reported: Abdominal disorder, intraabdominal hemorrhage
Postmarketing reports: Vomiting; Testosterone buccal film: Dry mouth, gingival swelling, lip swelling, mouth ulceration, stomatitis
The majority of gum-related adverse events were transient.
Very common (10% or more): Testosterone topical: Application site pruritus (up to 37%), application site blistering (12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Injection site pain, injection site discomfort, injection site pruritus, erythema, injection site hematoma, injection site irritation, injection site inflammation; injection site reaction; Topical testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) Application site erythema, application site warmth, application site irritation, application site vesicles, application site exfoliation, application site burning, application site induration, bullae at application site, mechanical irritation at application site, rash at application site, contamination of application site
Postmarketing reports: Injection site abscess, procedural pain, application site swelling (topical testosterone)
Common (1% to 10%): Hot flush, hypertension
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cardiovascular disorder
Frequency not reported: Venous thromboembolism
Postmarketing reports: Angina pectoris, cardiac arrest, cardiac failure, coronary artery disease, coronary artery occlusion, myocardial infarction, tachycardia, cerebral infarction, cerebrovascular accident, circulatory collapse, deep venous thrombosis, syncope, thromboembolism, thrombosis, venous insufficiency, stroke
Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal prostate examination, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), ejaculation disorder, prostatitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Prostate induration, prostatic disorder, testicular pain, decreased urine flow, urinary retention, urinary tract disorder, nocturia, dysuria
Rare (less than 0.1%): Micturition disorders, epididymitis, bladder irritability, impotence, inhibition of testicular function and testicular atrophy
Frequency not reported: Oligospermia, priapism, benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostatic growth to eugonadal state), excessive frequency and duration of erections; Pediatrics: Precocious sexual development, an increased frequency of erections, phallic enlargement
Postmarketing reports: Prostate infection, calculus urinary, dysuria, hematuria, urinary tract disorder, pollakiuria, azoospermia
Common (1% to 10%): Polycythemia, hematocrit increased
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased red blood cell count, increased hemoglobin, prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time, prolonged prothrombin time
Frequency not reported: Blood and lymphatic system disorders, suppression of clotting factors II, V, VII, and X, bleeding in patients on concomitant anticoagulant therapy
Postmarketing reports: Thrombocytopenia, anemia
Common (1% to 10%): Weight increased, appetite increased, fluid retention (sodium, chloride, water, potassium, calcium, and inorganic phosphates)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased glycosylated hemoglobin, hypercholesterolemia, increased triglyceride
Frequency not reported: Abnormal lipids (decrease in serum LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), metabolism and nutrition disorders, hypercalcemia
Postmarketing reports: Hypoglycemia, diabetes mellitus, fluid retention, hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, blood glucose increased
Common (1% to 10%): Back pain, hemarthrosis (testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) topical)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arthralgia, pain in extremity, muscle spasm, muscle strain, myalgia, musculoskeletal stiffness, increased creatine phosphokinase
Frequency not reported: Pediatrics: Premature epiphyseal closure, increased bone formation
Postmarketing reports: Musculoskeletal chest pain, musculoskeletal pain, myalgia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, systemic lupus erythematosus
Common (1% to 10%): Headache, vertigo (topical testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Migraine, tremor, dizziness
Frequency not reported: Nervousness, paresthesia
Postmarketing reports: Cerebrovascular insufficiency, reversible ischemic neurological deficiency, transient ischemic attack, amnesia
Common (1% to 10%): Prostatic specific antigen (PSA) increased, prostate cancer
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Neoplasms benign, malignant, and unspecified (including cysts and polyps)
Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, hyperhidrosis; chills, body pain, smell disorder
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Breast induration, breast pain, sensitive nipples, gynecomastia, increased estradiol, increased testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) asthenia, night sweats
Rare (less than 0.1%): Fever, malaise
Frequency not reported: Edema
Postmarketing reports: Sudden hearing loss, tinnitus, Influenza like illness
Common (1% to 10%): Irritability, insomnia, mood swings, aggression,
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Depression, emotional disorder, restlessness, increased libido, decreased libido
Frequency not reported: Hostility, anxiety
Postmarketing reports: Korsakoff's psychosis nonalcoholic, male orgasmic disorder, restlessness, sleep disorder
Common (1% to 10%): Sinusitis, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cough, dyspnea, snoring, dysphonia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Pulmonary microembolism (POME) (cough, dyspnea, malaise, hyperhidrosis, chest pain, dizziness, paresthesia, or syncope) caused by oily solutions
Frequency not reported: Sleep apnea
Postmarketing reports: Chest pain, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hyperventilation, obstructive airway disorder, pharyngeal edema, pharyngolaryngeal pain, pulmonary embolism, respiratory distress, rhinitis, sleep apnea syndrome
Signs and symptoms of pulmonary microemboli may occur during or immediately after the injections and are reversible.
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal LFT, increased AST
Rare (less than 0.1%): Abnormal hepatic function
Frequency not reported: Jaundice, benign liver tumor, malignant liver tumor, liver enlargement, peliosis hepatitis
Postmarketing reports: ALT increased, AST increased, bilirubin increased, transaminases increased, gamma-glutamyltransferase increased
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity reactions
Frequency not reported: Anaphylactic reactions
Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactic shock
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Testosterone (the active ingredient contained in AndroGel) topical: Lacrimation increased
Postmarketing reports: Testosterone topical: Intraocular pressure increased, vitreous detachment
Postmarketing reports: Nephrolithiasis, renal colic, renal pain
Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.
Source: Drugs.com Androgel (www.drugs.com/androgel.html).
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