How to apply AndroGel 1.62%

Using AndroGel 1.62%

AndroGel 1.62% is a topical testosterone replacement therapy. Since AndroGel 1.62% is a gel, there are a few things you should know about packaging and application before you begin treatment.

Watch step-by-step instructions for applying AndroGel 1.62%
AndroGel 1.62% packaging

AndroGel 1.62% is available in a metered-dose pump and in packets. Your individual dosage may vary, so be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.

AndroGel 1.62% application instructions

No matter which packaging option you choose, it is important that you understand the correct way to apply AndroGel 1.62%. Read below to find application information for the AndroGel 1.62% pump and packets.

About the AndroGel 1.62% pump

The AndroGel 1.62% metered-dose pump gives you the exact amount of medicine that your doctor has prescribed. If you are using the starting dose of 40.5 mg (2 pump presses) of AndroGel 1.62% every day, this supply will last you 30 days.

Preparing the AndroGel 1.62% pump

Before using a new bottle of AndroGel 1.62% for the first time, you will need to prime the pump. To prime the AndroGel 1.62% pump, slowly push the pump all the way down 3 times. Do not use any AndroGel 1.62% that came out while priming. Wash it down the sink to avoid accidental exposure to others. Your AndroGel 1.62% pump is now ready to use. You do not have to prime your pump every day, only the first time you use it.

It is important that you apply AndroGel 1.62% exactly as your doctor tells you to. Your doctor will tell you how much AndroGel 1.62% to apply and when to apply it.

Dosing information for AndroGel 1.62% pump

Find your dose as prescribed by your physician

Daily dose of testosterone

Number of pump presses

Application method
(using the palm of the hand)

20.25 mg 1 Pump Press Apply 1 pump press to 1 upper arm and shoulder.
40.5 mg 2 Pump Presses Apply 1 pump press to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply 1 pump press to the opposite upper arm and shoulder.
60.75 mg 3 Pump Presses Apply 2 pump presses to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply 1 pump press to the opposite upper arm and shoulder.
81 mg 4 Pump Presses Apply 2 pump presses to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply 2 pump presses to the opposite upper arm and shoulder.
About the AndroGel 1.62% packets

AndroGel 1.62% is also available in packets. Much like the pump, each packet is pre-measured to offer you the exact prescribed amount for your treatment. The packets are prescribed by your doctor and cannot be used at the same time as the pump. Each packet contains 20.25 mg of testosterone in 1.25 g of gel or 40.5 mg of testosterone in 2.5 g of gel. After use, throw away the packet in the trash out of the reach of children to avoid accidental exposure.

Dosing information for AndroGel 1.62% packets

Find your dose as prescribed by your physician

Daily dose of testosterone

Number of
packets

Application method
(using the palm of the hand)

20.25 mg One 20.25 mg packet Apply one 20.25 mg packet to 1 upper arm and shoulder.
40.5 mg One 40.5 mg packet Apply half of one 40.5 mg packet to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply the remaining amount to the opposite upper arm and shoulder.
60.75 mg One 40.5 mg packet and one 20.25 mg packet Apply one 40.5 mg packet to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply one 20.25 mg packet to the opposite upper arm and shoulder.
81 mg Two 40.5 mg packets Apply one 40.5 mg packet to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply one 40.5 mg packet to the opposite upper arm and shoulder.
Applying AndroGel 1.62%
  1. Apply AndroGel 1.62% at the same time each morning. AndroGel 1.62% should be applied after showering or bathing to clean, dry, intact skin.
  2. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much AndroGel 1.62% to apply. If using the pump, once primed, slowly push the pump all the way down to dispense the gel. The gel can be dispensed either into the palm of the hand or directly onto the application site. If you are using AndroGel 1.62% packets, tear open the packet completely at the dotted line. Squeeze from the bottom of the packet to the top. Squeeze all of the AndroGel 1.62% out of the packet into the palm of your hand. Apply AndroGel 1.62% to the application site. You may also apply AndroGel 1.62% directly to the application site. AndroGel 1.62% should be applied right away. Wash your hands with soap and water right away.
  3. Apply the gel to the application sites as shown in the chart above. These areas are your shoulders and upper arms, areas that will be covered by a short-sleeved T-shirt (see illustration). Do not apply AndroGel 1.62% to any other parts of your body, such as your stomach area (abdomen), penis, or scrotum.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have applied the dose your doctor has prescribed for you.

Your doctor may change your AndroGel 1.62% dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your doctor.

AndroGel 1.62% is not meant for use in women.

After you apply AndroGel 1.62%
  • Wash your hands right away with soap and water.
  • Let the application sites dry.
  • Cover the application sites with a short-sleeved T-shirt.

When using AndroGel 1.62% it is important to note the following.

AndroGel 1.62% is flammable until dry. Let the gel dry before smoking or going near an open flame.

Avoid showering, swimming, or bathing for at least 2 hours after you apply AndroGel 1.62%.

Women and children should avoid contact with the unwashed or unclothed area where AndroGel 1.62% has been applied. If a woman or child makes contact with the AndroGel 1.62% application area, the contact area on the woman or child should be washed well with soap and water right away. Stop using AndroGel 1.62% and call your healthcare provider right away if you see any signs and symptoms of puberty in a child, or changes in body hair or increased acne in a woman, that may have occurred through accidental exposure to AndroGel 1.62%.

Key points

  • AndroGel 1.62% comes in a metered-dose pump or packets.
  • It is very important to understand the correct way to apply AndroGel 1.62%.
  • After application, wash your hands right away with soap and water and let the application sites dry. Then cover them with a short-sleeved T-shirt.

USE: AndroGel® (testosterone gel) 1% and 1.62%

AndroGel® (testosterone gel) 1% and 1.62% are controlled substances, available by prescription, used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone. It is not known if AndroGel is safe or effective in children younger than 18 years old. Testosterone products that are applied to the skin may have different doses, strengths, or application instructions that may lead to different levels of testosterone in your body.

Important Safety Information

  • AndroGel can transfer from your body to others. This can happen if other people come into contact with the area where AndroGel was applied.
  • Signs of puberty that are not expected have happened in young children who were accidentally exposed to testosterone through skin-to-skin contact with men using topical testosterone products like AndroGel.
  • Women and children should avoid contact with the unwashed or unclothed area where AndroGel has been applied. If a woman or child makes contact with the AndroGel application area, the contact area on the woman or child should be washed well with soap and water right away.
  • To lower the risk of transfer of AndroGel 1.62%, you should apply it only to your shoulders and upper arms, areas that will be covered by a short-sleeve T-shirt. Do not apply AndroGel 1.62% to any other parts of your body, such as your stomach area (abdomen), penis, or scrotum. Wash your hands right away with soap and water after applying. After the gel has dried, cover the application area with clothing until you have washed the application area well or have showered. If you expect another person to have skin-to-skin contact with your shoulders or upper arms, first wash the application area well with soap and water.
  • To lower the risk of transfer of AndroGel 1%, you should apply it only to areas that will be covered by a short-sleeve T-shirt. These areas include shoulders, upper arms, and stomach area. Do not apply AndroGel to your penis or scrotum. Wash your hands right away with soap and water after applying AndroGel. After the gel has dried, cover the application area with clothing. If you expect to have skin-to-skin contact with another person, first wash the application area well with soap and water.
  • Stop using AndroGel and call your healthcare provider right away if you see any signs and symptoms of puberty in a child, or changes in body hair or increased acne in a woman, that may have occurred through accidental exposure to AndroGel.
  • Do not use AndroGel if you have breast cancer or have or might have prostate cancer.
  • AndroGel is not meant for use in women and must not be used in women who are or may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. AndroGel may harm the unborn or breast-feeding baby. Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should avoid contact with the area of skin where AndroGel has been applied.
  • AndroGel can cause serious side effects, including:
    • If you already have enlargement of your prostate gland, your signs and symptoms can get worse while using AndroGel (including changes in urination)
    • Possible increased risk of prostate cancer
    • In large doses, AndroGel may lower your sperm count
    • Swelling of your ankles, feet, or body, with or without heart failure. This may cause serious problems for people who have heart, kidney, or liver disease
    • Enlarged or painful breasts
    • Having problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea)
    • Blood clots in the legs; this can include pain, swelling, or redness of your legs
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, especially if you take insulin, medicines that decrease blood clotting, or corticosteroids.
  • AndroGel is flammable until dry. Let AndroGel dry before smoking or going near an open flame.
  • The most common side effects of AndroGel 1.62% are increased prostate specific antigen (a test used to screen for prostate cancer), mood swings, high blood pressure, increased red blood cell count, and skin irritation where the gel is applied. The most common side effects of AndroGel 1% are acne, skin irritation where the gel is applied, increased cholesterol levels, increased prostate specific antigen, increased red blood cell count, and increased liver function tests.
  • AndroGel 1% and 1.62% application sites and dosages are not interchangeable with each other, or with other topical testosterone products.
  • This is the most important information to know about AndroGel. For further information, talk with your healthcare provider.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.or call 1-800-FDA-1088

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References: 1. AndroGel 1.62% [package insert]. 2. AndroGel 1% [package insert].