Testim® (testosterone gel) is a prescription medication approved to treat low testosterone levels in men due to various causes. It comes in the form of a skin gel and is only available in one strength -- 1% Testim gel (which comes in 5 gram single-use tubes).
The recommended started Testim dose is 5 grams (an entire tube, which provides 50 mg of testosterone) applied to the skin once daily. After two weeks, your healthcare provider should check your testosterone levels again, preferably in the morning. If your testosterone levels are still low, your healthcare provider may increase your dosage to 10 grams once daily (two tubes, which supply 100 mg of testosterone).
Apply Testim at the same time each day, preferably in the morning. Apply it to clean, dry, healthy skin on the shoulders or upper arms (do not apply it to the genitals). Be sure to cover the application site with clothing once the gel is dry to minimize contact with women or children. You should wash the area thoroughly before any skin-to-skin contact (such as for sexual intercourse).
(Click Testim Dosage for more tips and precautions on how to use this product and to find out what factors your healthcare provider may consider before recommending a dosage for you.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Testim [package insert]. Norristown, PA: Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 2006 February.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Testosterone gel safety information (5/7/2009). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/testosterone_gel/default.htm. Accessed May 20, 2009.
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