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Androfil Gel

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Overview

Introduction of Androfil Gel

Androfil Gel is a medicine used in the treatment of male hypogonadism. It works by replenishing the deficient testosterone levels. It should be applied over the shoulders or upper arms once a day, preferably in the morning.

Regular monitoring of prostate specific antigen (PSA) and testosterone levels is important as this helps to track how well Androfil Gel is working. Swelling or irritation at the site of application are common side effects of this medicine.

Uses of Androfil Gel

Androfil Gel side effects

Common
  • Leg pain
  • Skin reaction
  • Swelling of hands
  • Swelling of feet

How to use Androfil Gel

This medicine is for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Clean and dry the affected area and apply the gel. Wash your hands after applying, unless hands are the affected area.

How Androfil Gel works

Androfil Gel is similar to the natural male hormone, testosterone. It works by replenishing the deficient testosterone levels in adult men. Lack of testosterone may cause various health problems including impotence, infertility, low sex drive, tiredness, depressive mood and bone loss.

Androfil Gel related warnings

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Androfil Gel is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Lactation
UNSAFE
Androfil Gel is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

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Expert Advice

  • You have been prescribed Androfil Gel for the treatment of low testosterone levels.
  • It should be applied once a day, preferably in the morning.
  • Apply it as a thin layer onto clean, dry, healthy, unbroken skin over the shoulders or upper arms.
  • Cover the application area after it's dry, otherwise it can rub off on people.
  • Do not apply the gel to the genitals as this may cause irritation.
  • Your doctor may get your blood tests done regularly to monitor red blood cells, liver function, testosterone, and prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels while taking Androfil Gel.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience symptoms such as frequent or persistent erections, irritability, nervousness or weight gain after starting treatment with this medicine.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Androfil

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Dr. Praveen Pushkar
Sexologist
First get total testosterone level done Testosterone supplements r available in capsule, gel and injectable forms
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Dr. Sonu Balhara Ahlawat
Infertility
Kindly consult urologist and endocrinologist
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FAQs

Q. What is Androfil and what it is used for?

Androfil contains a synthetic form of testosterone (a male sex hormone). It is used in the treatment of male hypogonadism (a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone).

Q. How and in what dose should I take Androfil?

Apply this medicine, onto clean, dry intact skin (preferably over abdomen or shoulders) once a day at the same time each day. Rub the gel in gently with one finger until dry, and then cover the area with loose clothing (e.g. T-shirt, shorts, pants). After finishing, wash your hands with soap and water. The dose of this medicine is decided by your doctor and make sure to follow it.

Q. What are the few important things that I should know while taking this medicine?

This medicine, may be transferred from you to the other person from close skin to skin contact. It might result in increase the testosterone levels in the other person. The prolonged or repeated exposure may cause few side effects (excess hair growth, deep voice, menstrual irregularities in women). To prevent this, cover the application site with the loose clothing once the gel has dried and always wash your hands with soap and water after applying it.

Q. What are the common side effects of using Androfil?

The most common side effect of using Androfil is skin reactions at the site of application such as burning or prickling sensation, dryness, rash, redness or itchiness. The other common side effects are increased body hair growth, increase in breast size, swelling of hands and feet and increase in blood pressure. If any of these side effect bother you, please consult with your doctor.

Q. Can Androfil be used for body building purpose?

No, Androfil should not be used for increasing muscle mass and physical ability in healthy individuals, as this may cause harmful effects when used inappropriately. Also, in healthy individuals, if Androfil is given externally, it may cause hormonal imbalance.

Q. Who should not take Androfil?

Androfil should not be given to men with breast cancer, prostate cancer and kidney disease. It should be avoided in patients who had or presently have liver cancer and in those who have increased levels of calcium in blood. It should not be used by females, children below 18 years, and elderly patients more than 65 years of age.

Q. Can Androfil have any harmful effect if I am a diabetic?

Androfil may decrease blood glucose levels, and therefore, the dose of antidiabetic medicines should be reduced. Consult your doctor for advice.

Q. Will there be a problem if I am taking warfarin and have started Androfil?

You should get blood tests done more frequently for checking your bleeding time (time taken to stop bleeding) when you are taking warfarin along with Androfil, especially when starting and stopping Androfil. Talk to your doctor for advice.

Q. How long does it take for Androfil to show its effects?

While some of the effects of Androfil may start showing effects after 3 weeks, some may take longer. For example, effect on sexual interest appears after 3 weeks, while changes in erections/ejaculations may take up to 6 months.

Q. What are the major health risks associated with Androfil therapy?

The major health risks associated with the use of Androfil in men are heart attack, stroke, and prostatic carcinoma.

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