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Your healthcare provider may prescribe Fortesta to increase your testosterone levels if they are too low. The medication is currently approved for adult men only. However, off-label uses of Fortesta include the treatment of low testosterone in women and adolescents. Because the product is not taken by mouth, it can bypass the liver, allowing more of it to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

What Is Fortesta Used For?

Fortesta™ (testosterone gel) is a prescription testosterone replacement medication. It is approved for treating certain causes of low testosterone in men.
 
Testosterone is produced when the testes are stimulated by certain hormone signals from glands in the brain. Low testosterone can occur if the testes are damaged, absent, or otherwise incapable of producing enough testosterone or if the brainstem cannot produce enough hormone signals to stimulate testosterone production in the testicles.
 
Although sometimes there is a clear, identifiable cause (such as chemotherapy damage or surgical removal of the testicles), sometimes there is no clear reason for the low testosterone.
 
Fortesta can treat either type of low testosterone -- whether the problem lies in the testes or the brain -- because it does not rely on either the testes or the brain to increase testosterone levels.
 
Common symptoms of low testosterone include:
 
  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Problems with erectile function
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass
  • Depression.
     
Of course, a man could have all these symptoms and still have normal testosterone levels, since most of these symptoms are relatively common. The only real way to diagnose low testosterone is by actually measuring testosterone levels in the blood.
 
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