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Testosterone topical solution is an anabolic steroid used to increase testosterone levels. It comes in a pump that delivers exactly the right amount of testosterone each time the pump is pressed. The medication is applied to the armpits once a day. Armpit irritation, headache, and armpit redness are some of the drug's most common side effects.

What Is Testosterone Topical Solution?

Testosterone topical solution (Axiron®) is a prescription medication approved to treat low testosterone levels in men due to various causes. It is a liquid that is applied to the armpits.
Testosterone topical solution is an anabolic steroid; as a result, it is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. This means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
(Click What Is Testosterone Topical Solution Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, testosterone topical solution may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with testosterone topical solution include but are not limited to:
  • Armpit irritation
  • Armpit redness
  • Headaches.
(Click Side Effects of Testosterone Topical Solution to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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