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If your healthcare provider prescribes Striant, it's important to know that this medication can increase your risk for certain problems, such as prostate cancer and infertility. To minimize your risks, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking and any other medical conditions you have. Reviewing these and other precautions and warnings for Striant can help ensure a safe treatment process.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Striant™ (testosterone buccal tablet) if you have:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Sleep apnea
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this drug include the following:
- Testosterone replacement therapy (such as Striant) can worsen, or even cause, an enlarged prostate. It also appears to increase the risk of prostate cancer. Your healthcare provider should evaluate you for prostate cancer before you start Striant and periodically thereafter.
- Make sure to check your gums and cheeks regularly. If anything seems abnormal, be sure to let your healthcare provider know.
- Striant is not approved for use in women. It has not been adequately studied in women and can cause virilization (the development of male characteristics, such as a deep voice or body hair) in women.
- This medication can potentially decrease sperm count, thereby decreasing fertility, although it can also help with certain causes of infertility related to low testosterone. Consult your healthcare provider if you experience difficulty conceiving a child while using Striant.
- Androgens can increase the risk of liver problems, including liver cancer. Although these problems have not been reported with Striant, they cannot be completely ruled out.
- Androgens can cause fluid retention, which can be dangerous for people with liver, heart, or kidney disease.
- Androgens can sometimes cause high red blood cells. This can increase the risk of blood clots. If Striant causes your red blood cells to increase too much, you will need to stop using it.
- Breast enlargement can occur in men using Striant.
- This medicine can worsen (or possibly even cause) sleep apnea.
- Striant can potentially react with a few other medications (see Striant Drug Interactions).
- This product is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it is definitely not safe for use during pregnancy (see Striant and Pregnancy).
- Striant is not safe for use during breastfeeding (see Striant and Breastfeeding).