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What Is Testosterone Topical Solution Used For?

How Does Testosterone Topical Solution Work?

Testosterone topical solution contains the hormone testosterone in a liquid form that is applied to the armpits. It works by increasing testosterone to a normal level. Testosterone topical solution is used on the skin, rather than taken by mouth, because it would have little effect on testosterone levels if taken by mouth.
When medications are taken by mouth, they must first pass through the liver before they reach the bloodstream. The liver metabolizes testosterone extensively before it has a chance to reach the bloodstream, and adequate blood levels of the medication usually cannot be achieved. However, when testosterone is applied to the skin, it bypasses the liver, allowing significant amounts of the hormone to reach the bloodstream.

Can Children Use It?

Testosterone topical solution is not approved for use in individuals under the age of 18, as it has not been adequately studied in children or adolescents. Using testosterone topical solution in children could result in bone problems.

Off-Label Uses for Testosterone Topical Solution

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than treating low testosterone in men. These are known as off-label uses. Testosterone topical solution can be used off-label for the following conditions:
  • Low testosterone in women (even though testosterone is thought of as a "male" hormone, women also produce a little of it)
  • Slightly low but still considered normal testosterone levels in men.
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