Androgel vs. Testim

  • builtthick1

    Posts: 40

    Aug 21, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    I don't always have access to injectable. Is there a big difference between the two gels? I am aware that they're probably not as effective as the injectable.
    Thanks
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 21, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
    A health conscious muscular guy who found out I have low testosterone asked me if I take Androgel or Testim. I told him Angrogel, and he said "good." I felt he thought is was better than Testim? Who knows.

    I take the lowest dose of Androgel and after six months, my blood tests show no difference. I might have to take more, or who knows.
  • rnch

    Posts: 11524

    Aug 21, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    Androgel does next to nothing for me.

    icon_sad.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 21, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    My doctor put me on Testim to correct low testosterone likely caused by my age. I saw only a negligible increase in the hormone, which might have been caused more by my doing more bicycling.

    I hated its strong scent, which other people could smell on me, like cheap fragrance. You have to apply it to certain muscular areas of your upper body. Furthermore you can't apply it for an hour following a shower, nor shower for 2 hours afterwards. I found those restrictions interfered with my daily routine.

    Last, it's rather expensive. It isn't covered on my Medicare plan, and to get the VA to give it to me could easily take a year of scheduling tests with them and waiting for appointments, with no guarantee they'd prescribe it for me. So I just dropped the whole idea.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 21, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    rnch saidAndrogel does next to nothing for me.

    icon_sad.gif


    wow.

    That is strange how you should not take testim an hour after a shower. The doctor and the manufacturer say I can put it right after a shower. I guess the meds are different. Who knows.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 21, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    Testim has a binder in it that facilitates more rapid absorption than Androgel. The testosterone can be absorbed in as little as three hours with Testim but Androgel should stay on around 8-10 hrs to be absorbed well. The agent in Testim that causes the faster absorption has a more medicinal smell than Androgel. They're both 1% strength which isn't that high, but they're relatively convenient. You can get various strength testosterone creams (2%, 5%, 10%, etc.) blended at compounding pharmacies if your doctor will write the Rx.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 16, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    I went to a seminar on andropause in the meantime, and the doctor told us that Androgel does not work on at least 20 (or 30?) percent of the male population. I don't know if that is the same for Testim. Just relaying the info, not responsible for it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 16, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Both drugs are worthless and exist for two basic reasons:

    1) regular injectable testotserone is very inexpensive. Since the molecule cannot be patented by a drug company the back up plan is to come up with patent protectable delivery system: topical (since oral and injectable have bene long done). This allows the drug company to peddle something insanely expensive and physicans will commonly prescibe what the drug reps leave them even if it's just a repackage of something already on the market. That is, this is a high dollar profit generator for drug companies.

    2) To appeal to people's fear of needles and injections. Doing so will entice them into spending six times the the cost an injectalbe testosterone would run. (Consider that testosterone 200mg/mL runs arond $120 for a 10mL vial. Most replacement doses run between 0.25 and 0.5 ml every week to two weeks. This means the 10ml vial would last you at a minimum of 20 weeks at the 0.5ml per week dose. 20 weeks of Androgel (at $368 per box per month as listed on drugstore.com = $1,840) or Testim will run you (at $300 per box per month as listed on drugstore.com =$1,500 for the same period) literally 10 to 12 times the cost of a vial of injectable testosterone. Tell your MD to stop ripping you off.