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The recommended dosage of the testosterone patch will depend on your testosterone levels. This medication comes in the form of a patch that is applied to the skin every evening, between 8 p.m. and midnight. Do not apply the patch to the same area of skin more than once a week.
An Introduction to Your Testosterone Patch DosageWith the testosterone patch (Androderm®), the dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on your testosterone levels. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Dosing Guidelines for the Testosterone Patch
The recommended initial dose is 4 mg every 24 hours. Your healthcare provider will check your blood testosterone levels to determine if 4 mg is the right dose for you. You may need a dosage decrease to 2 mg if your testosterone levels are too high after using the 4-mg dose, or a dosage increase to 6 mg (one 4-mg patch and one 2-mg patch) if your levels are too low.
This medication previously came in 2.5-mg and 5-mg strengths (these old strengths are no longer available). When switching to the new strengths, the following conversion is recommended:
- Old dose of 2.5 mg daily -- new dose of 2 mg daily
- Old dose of 5 mg daily -- new dose of 4 mg daily
- Old dose of 7.5 mg daily -- new dose of 6 mg daily.
General Information on Using the Testosterone PatchSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with the testosterone patch include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a patch that is applied to the skin once a day.
- The testosterone patch should be applied in the evening, between 8 p.m. and midnight. Try to apply it at around the same time each night.
- Apply the patch to a clean, dry area of the skin on the back, stomach, upper arms, or thighs. Avoid areas that are oily, sweaty, or covered with hair.
- Never apply the testosterone patch to your scrotum (genitals). Also, avoid irritated skin, open sores, or bony areas that may be subject to pressure when you sleep or sit.
- Rotate the patch placement each day. Do not apply the patch to the same area of skin more than once a week.
- Do not use a cut or damaged patch.
- If the patch falls off before noon, replace it with a new patch and resume your normal dosing schedule. If the patch falls off later in the day, do not replace it. Apply a new patch at your regular time.
- You can use a nonprescription hydrocortisone cream to help relieve minor skin irritation after removing the patch. Your pharmacist can help you choose an appropriate product. A prescription for a more potent steroid cream may be necessary for stubborn cases. Do not use any kind of ointment (rather than cream), as this can affect testosterone absorption.
- You do not need to remove your patch during sexual activity, bathing, or swimming.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with the testosterone patch, please talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.