The testosterone restoring cream known as Androgel comes in two forms, which are a 1 and 1.62 percent cream that raise the levels of testosterone within the the body. For U.S. consumers the Androgel cost when not covered under a medical insurance policy can stop some men from using the product. Androgel in both its forms must be prescribed for use by a doctor and the patient must follow the directions for use to get the required rise in testosterone levels.
Q: Is there a way to get Androgel at a reasonable price if I don’t have an insurance plan?
If you don’t have insurance coverage, Abbvie (the company that manufactures Androgel) has a patient assistance foundation that can help you get Androgel at a reduced price. Here is the website: http://www.abbviepaf.org
You can also call the Abbvie patient assistance foundation directly at 1-800-222-6885 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central Time.
One of the most common requests we get here is to post Androgel reviews. Have you used Androgel to treat low testosterone? What was your experience with it? How did you feel before and after? Please leave your reviews in the comments section so our community can have more information to make an informed decision. Additional Androgel reviews can be found here:
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Is generic Androgel available at this time?
No. Currently there are no generic options for Androgel (testosterone cream). The patent on Androgel is set to expire on March 2021, but it appears that the manufacturer will permit Par Pharmaceutical to begin marketing a generic version sometime around February 2016. Please note that although “testosterone gel” is the generic name for AndroGel, it is not a generic version of it. Kind of confusing, right?
Here is a funny piece Stephen Colbert did on Androgel and low t symptoms last year:
It’s important to read the Androgel medication guide, because Androgel does have some potentially serious side effects, including
- Increased urination at night
- Trouble starting your urine stream
- Having to pass urine many times during the day
- Having an urge that you have to go to the bathroom right away
- Having a urine accident
- Being unable to pass urine or weak urine flow
- Possible increased risk of prostate cancer.
- Your healthcare provider should check you for prostate cancer or any other prostate problems before you start and while you use ANDROGEL 1.62%.
- In large doses ANDROGEL 1.62% may lower your sperm count.
- Swelling of your ankles, feet, or body, with or without heart failure.
The folks over at Consumer Reports claim that Androgel is flammable until dry and that all users should avoid an open flame or smoking until dry.
A careful reading of the medication’s instructions are in order, says Consumer reports:
“Gels can light your fire — literally. We found this warning in the medication guide’s fine print: ‘Testosterone gel is flammable until dry. Let the gel dry before smoking or going near an open flame.”
The package insert contains a few other interesting warnings:
- If you expect to have skin-to-skin contact with another person, first wash the application area well with soap and water.
- If a woman or child makes contact with the testosterone gel application area, that area on the woman or child should be washed well with soap and water right away.
- After the gel has dried, cover the application area with clothing. Keep the area covered until you have washed the application area well or have showered.
- Do not apply testosterone gel to your penis or scrotum.
- Wait 5 hours before showering or swimming. This will ensure that the greatest amount of testosterone gel is absorbed into your system.
For further information and warnings on Androgel, you can download the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s AndroGel Medication Guide here: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM188474.pdf.
A great article from the Atlantic suggesting that low T is over-diagnosed and creams like Androgel are over-prescribed.
According to British Medical Journal (BMJ), the European Male Ageing Study has provided the best estimate of the prevalence of low T — defined as a combination of sexual symptoms and measured testosterone level — finding that only 0.1 percent of men in their forties, 0.6 percent in their fifties, 3.2 percent in their sixties, and 5.1 percent of men in their seventies would meet the criteria for the diagnosis.
A 2004 study from Australia in the medical journal Menopause shows that Androgel (a gel containing the male hormone testosterone) may improve well-being, mood, and sexual function in pre-menopausal women with low libido and low testosterone.
Androgel is neither indicated nor recommended for women. However, doctors can prescribe drugs such as Androgel for women with low testosterone, and some women may be curious how Androgel can increase their libido and/or their muscular tissue. The following is a list of forums in which women have discussed their experience with Androgel:
Androgel for Women and Bodybuilding:
Androgel for Women with Low Testosterone and/or Libido:
Q: How do I apply Androgel?
A: According to Abbott’s official instructions:
AndroGel 1.62% Pump
AndroGel 1.62% comes in a multi-dose pump.
This pump gives you the exact amount of medicine that your doctor has prescribed. If you are using the starting dose of 40.5 mg (2 pumps) of AndroGel 1.62% every day, this supply will last you 30 days.
Preparing the pump
Before using a new bottle of AndroGel 1.62% for the first time, you will need to prime the pump. To prime the AndroGel 1.62% pump, slowly push the pump all the way down 3 times. Do not use any AndroGel 1.62% that came out while priming. Wash it down the sink to avoid accidental exposure to others. Your AndroGel 1.62% pump is now ready to use. You do not have to prime your pump every day, only the first time you use it.
Directions for use
Make your application part of your daily routine.
- Apply AndroGel 1.62% at the same time each morning. AndroGel 1.62% should be applied after showering or bathing to clean, dry, intact skin. Do not apply AndroGel 1.62% to any other parts of your body such as your stomach area (abdomen), penis, or scrotum.
- Once primed, press down firmly to dispense the gel. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much AndroGel 1.62% to apply. Your healthcare provider may change your AndroGel 1.62% dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
- Apply the gel to the application sites as directed in the chart above. These areas are your shoulders and upper arms, areas that will be covered by a short-sleeved T-shirt (see illustration below). Do not apply AndroGel 1.62% to any other parts of your body such as your stomach area (abdomen), penis, or scrotum.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have applied the dose your doctor has prescribed for you.
After you apply AndroGel 1.62%:
- Wash your hands right away with soap and water.
- Let the application sites dry.
- Cover the application sites with a shirt.
AndroGel 1.62% is flammable until dry. Let the gel dry before smoking or going near an open flame.
Avoid showering, swimming or bathing for at least 2 hours after you apply AndroGel 1.62%.
If you expect another person to have skin-to-skin contact with your shoulders or upper arms, first wash the application area well with soap and water. Stop using AndroGel 1.62% and call your healthcare provider right away if you see any signs and symptoms of puberty in a child, or changes in body hair or increased acne in a woman, that may have occurred through accidental exposure to AndroGel 1.62%.
Source: Abbott’s official instructions for application: http://www.androgel.com/using-androgel.aspx
Q: What is the recommended dosage for Androgel 1% and Androgel 1.62%?
- AndroGel 1% recommended starting dose: 50 mg(5 grams of gel)or 4 pumps applied to the shoulders and upper arms and/or stomach area once daily in the morning.
- AndroGel 1% should not be applied to any other areas of the body, including the genitals.
- AndroGel 1% is supplied in a twin package including 2 metered dose pumps.
- Dose adjustment: Monitor serum testosterone levels initially and periodically during treatment and adjust dosing as needed.
- Dosing can be adjusted between 50 mg (5 grams of gel) and 100 mg (10 grams of gel) of testosterone. If serum testosterone levels consistently exceed the normal range at a daily dose of 50 mg (5 grams of gel), AndroGel 1% therapy should be discontinued.
- Each 1.25 g pump actuation contains 12.5 mg of testosterone.
- AndroGel 1.62% recommended starting dose:40.5 mg(2 pumps) applied to the shoulders and upper arms once daily in the morning.
- AndroGel 1.62% should not be applied to any other areas of the body, including the abdomen or genitals.
- AndroGel 1.62% is supplied in a single package including 1 metered dose pump.
- Dose adjustment: Titrate based on pre-dose morning serum testosterone levels from a single blood draw at approximately 14 days and 28 days after starting treatment or following dose adjustment, and assess serum testosterone levels periodically thereafter.
- Dosing can be adjusted between a minimum of 20.25 mg of testosterone (1 pump actuation) and a maximum of 81 mg of testosterone (4 pump actuations).
- Each 1.25 g pump actuation contains 20.25 mg of testosterone gel.