Approved only for use in men, the testosterone patch (Androderm®) is prescribed to help increase low testosterone levels caused by various conditions. This patch is applied on the skin of the back, stomach, upper arms, or thighs. It should be applied every evening, between 8 p.m. and midnight.
Although most people tolerate this medicine well, it is not the best choice for everyone. For example, a healthcare provider may not prescribe this medicated patch if you have certain types of cancer, heart disease, or certain allergies. Side effects of the patch may include skin irritation at the application site, such as itching, redness, and blisters.
(For more details on using these patches in men, click Testosterone Patch. This full-length article provides more information on how this medicine works, dosing guidelines, and general safety concerns to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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