Androgel is topical testosterone, applied to men's skin to help control their low testosterone levels (below 300 ng / dl) and bring them to a normal level. It is used in almost every formulation of testosterone replacement therapy, TRT, in the United States.
Sometimes it is used by some athletes who do not want to inject themselves to increase their testosterone levels. But, since the dose of testosterone is very low, not many benefits will be obtained in a high-performance athlete.
These are the symptoms of low testosterone levels:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Low sexual desire
- Loss of muscle mass and strength and increase in body fat
- Weak immune system
- Insomnia and lethargy
This drug was developed in Brussels by the pharmaceutical company Solvay Farmaceuticals and was launched on the market in 2000. In 2010 it was purchased by Abbott Labs and later manufactured and marketed in the United States by Abbvie Inc (parent company of Abbott Labs). Much has been invested in television advertising, in 2012 alone, 80 million were invested. It was developed for older men who had low testosterone levels. Androgel obtained 2012 billion in sales.
Being a suppressant, those who use it should take post cycle therapy (CPT) to avoid problems such as decreased sexual desire, muscle mass, strength and increased body fat.
These are the most common side effects, mostly in older men, increased blood pressure / heart deformation, blood clots, increased red blood cell count, and headache.
Since testosterone converts to estrogen, those who use it will have estrogenic side effects. This can cause problems such as: fluid retention, chest pain (gynecomastia), and heart problems if you are sensitive to side effects. An aromatase inhibitor (IA) such as Arimidex or Aromasin is required.
Women, for no reason should use Androgel and if your partners are using it, they should take care of direct contact with the skin.
Your dose depends on what your doctor recommends or what you consider applying, but men usually use 5-10g, although professional athletes take higher doses. One application a day is necessary as its release lasts 24 hours.
How it works and Use
Androgel is a synthetic testosterone in a topical gel for daily use that is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, not injected or taken by mouth. Its release lasts 24 hours, it comes in two versions, 1% and 1.62%. Your presentation comes in an atomizer or in an application sachet. 1% is applied to the upper arms, shoulders and abdomen and 1.62% is applied to the upper arms and shoulders. The best way to apply it is when you get out of the shower, apply it, let it dry and get dressed. Once applied, you should not shower or swim until after 2-4 hours.
We have known cases where older men sell their Androgel prescription to bodybuilders and athletes. Many rookie bodybuilders are struck by Androgel for not having to inject. Although, this will not prevent testosterone levels from rising as with the injectable, even if the range is lower.
These are the benefits of high testosterone levels:
- Increased libido or sexual desire
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Increased mood / confidence
- Decreased body fat
Many athletes prefer to apply a topical gel than inject testosterone or take oral steroids that are harmful to the liver. If an athlete or athlete has low testosterone levels, the ideal would be to increase their testosterone until they reach their proper levels and thus adequately achieve their purposes.
Androgel is quite expensive, but some insurance plans have it covered, comparing each mg to oral testosterone is 3 times more expensive.