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Androgel, Testim, Fortesa, Axiron- Which is best?

Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 6, 2013

More than half of men may have low testosterone and benefit from testosterone replacement. As oral testosterone can be harmful to the liver, safer options include topical gels and creams, injections and pellets. There are several products which come in the form of a gel that you rub into your arm or shoulder, and these include Androgel, Testim, and Fortesa. These products carry a risk of transference, where the testosterone can be transferred to a spouse or a child. This can carry some risk and therefore an underarm product named Axiron was developed which minimizes the risk of transference.

Unfortunately, none of these products work well and consistently as absorption can be variable, and men are best treated with injections or pellets.
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