Doctor put me on Testin gel - any experience?

  • aroydee

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    Dec 04, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    Hey guys.

    So I have a prescription that I just started using for Testin gel. Yesterday was my first use and I am just wondering if anyone here has had any experience with the stuff, any warnings or information, thoughts or views you might want to share. I know this is a sensitive subject, but I can assure you that I have legal possession of the stuff, and I am looking for medical info.

    Appreciate it.
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    Dec 04, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    aroydee saidHey guys.

    So I have a prescription that I just started using for Testin [sic] gel. Yesterday was my first use and I am just wondering if anyone here has had any experience with the stuff, any warnings or information, thoughts or views you might want to share. I know this is a sensitive subject, but I can assure you that I have legal possession of the stuff, and I am looking for medical info.

    Appreciate it.

    Not a good experience with Testim, doctor-prescribed for my age-related low testosterone level a couple years ago. First & foremost, my testosterone only increased a tiny bit, a change that could be ascribed to other causes.

    Second, I hated the strong smell, which others thought was cheap cologne on me.

    Third, topical application was complicated by the need to either apply it no sooner than 1 hour after showering, or not shower for at least 2 hours afterwards. That was a big window to work around, with the preferred time being in the morning.

    Fourth, it was very expensive, and neither the VA nor Medicare would cover it for me.

    Therefore I dropped it. Ironically, I'm now taking shots to suppress my testosterone for the next few months, as part of my cancer treatment.
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    Dec 04, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    "Third, topical application was complicated by the need to either apply it no sooner than 1 hour after showering, or not shower for at least 2 hours afterwards. That was a big window to work around, with the preferred time being in the morning."


    My doctor never mentioned the one hour after showering thing - should he have?

    Thanks!
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    Dec 04, 2011 7:40 PM GMT
    aroydee said"Third, topical application was complicated by the need to either apply it no sooner than 1 hour after showering, or not shower for at least 2 hours afterwards. That was a big window to work around, with the preferred time being in the morning."


    My doctor never mentioned the one hour after showering thing - should he have?

    Thanks!

    That's what the instruction sheet that accompanied my Testim indicated. I gather it was to ensure that the skin was not too hydrated, in order to promote absorbency. My Testim came in single-use tubes in a box, with an instruction sheet inside. Perhaps call your doctor's office if you didn't get one, or the pharmacist.
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    Dec 04, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    OK, update: I went to the Testim site, and do NOT see a requirement for a 1-hour delay after showering, as I believe I was told, only that the skin has to be dry first. And that no shower be taken for 2 hours after an application. Here it is:

    http://www.testim.com/how-to-use-testim.aspx
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    May 29, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    I didn't use Testim; Androgel was prescribed for my low testosterone count. After taking it for 3/4 of a year, my count sky-rocketed, and the doctor has taken me off the prescription. That was four months ago. Application of androgel sounds similar to the instructions for Testim.
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    May 29, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    rigsby saidI didn't use Testim; Androgel was prescribed for my low testosterone count. After taking it for 3/4 of a year, my count sky-rocketed, and the doctor has taken me off the prescription. That was four months ago. Application of androgel sounds similar to the instructions for Testim.

    I'll have to look into a topical gel again, when the docs decide restoring my testosterone level to normal will not compromise my cancer treatment. Glad to hear that something works.