Fortesta Uses

How Does Fortesta Work?

Fortesta contains the hormone testosterone in a special gel that is applied to the skin just once a day. The gel dries on the skin, and testosterone is absorbed into the bloodstream throughout the entire 24-hour period. Fortesta helps increase testosterone to a normal level.
 
Fortesta is used as a gel, rather than taken by mouth, because it would have little effect on testosterone levels if taken orally. When medications are taken by mouth, they must first pass through the liver before they reach the bloodstream. The liver metabolizes testosterone extensively before it has a chance to reach the bloodstream, and significant blood levels of the medication cannot be achieved.
 
However, when testosterone is applied to the skin, it bypasses the liver, allowing significant amounts of the hormone to reach the bloodstream.
 

Can Children Use Fortesta?

Fortesta is approved for use in adults only. It is not approved for use in children, as the product has not been adequately studied in this age group. Using Fortesta in young children could result in bone problems.
 

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than treating low testosterone in men. These are known as off-label uses. Fortesta could be used off-label to treat the following conditions:
 
  • Low testosterone in women (even though testosterone is thought of as a "male" hormone, women also produce it)
  • Slightly low (but still considered normal) testosterone levels in men
  • Low testosterone in adolescents.
     
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Fortesta Medication Information

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