What Is the Testosterone Patch Used For?

Clinical Effects of the Testosterone Patch

Testosterone patches contain testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. Testosterone from the patch is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream over a 24-hour period. As a result, testosterone blood levels increase.
 
With the patch, testosterone levels are highest in the morning and lowest at night. This pattern mimics the normal daily variation of testosterone levels observed in healthy young men. However, it is unknown if this effect is clinically significant.
 

Can Children Use It?

The testosterone patch has not been approved for use in children. The medication has not been adequately studied in children younger than 15 years old. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this patch on children.
 

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

Older adults can use this medication. However, they may be more sensitive to some of the effects of the testosterone patch, including an enlarged prostate (prostatic hyperplasia), and may need to be monitored more closely.
 

Are There Off-Label Reasons to Use Testosterone Patches?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this patch for treating something other than the condition discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses for the testosterone patch may include the treatment of the following conditions:
 
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