How to apply AndroGel 1.62%

Using AndroGel 1.62%

AndroGel 1.62% is a topical testosterone replacement therapy. Since it's a gel, there are a few things you should know about packaging, application, dosing, and the pre-measured packets 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.AndroGel 1.62% pump

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.

Applying AndroGel 1.62%

Apply AndroGel 1.62% at the same time each morning. AndroGel 1.62% should be applied after showering or bathing.

Pump

If your bottle is already primed, make sure your shoulders and upper arms are clean and dry and that there is no broken skin. Press down firmly to dispense the gel, either into the palm of your hand or directly onto the application site.

Apply

Rub the gel onto upper arms and shoulders – areas that are normally 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, scrotum, chest, armpits (axillae), or knees.

Wash

Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after the application process.

Cover

Wait a few minutes until the gel has completely dried on your skin, and then cover up the application site with a T-shirt.

Dosing information for AndroGel 1.62% pump

Find your dose as prescribed by your doctor

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 doctor

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.

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

Never apply AndroGel 1.62% to the following areas: stomach area (abdomen), penis, scrotum, chest, armpits (axillae), or knees.

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

AndroGel 1.62% is not meant for use in women.

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 shirt.
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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 due to certain medical conditions. It is not known if AndroGel is safe or effective to treat men who have low testosterone due to aging. 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, scrotum, chest, armpits (axillae), or knees. 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 1% to any other parts of your body, such as your penis, scrotum, chest, armpits (axillae), knees, or back. 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 breastfeeding. AndroGel may harm the unborn or breastfeeding baby. Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should avoid contact with the area of skin where AndroGel has been applied.
  • Before you use AndroGel, tell your healthcare provider if you have breast cancer; prostate cancer; urinary problems due to enlarged prostate; heart, kidney, or liver problems; problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea); or have any other medical conditions.
  • 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
    • Blood clots in the legs or lungs. Signs and symptoms of a blood clot in your leg can include leg pain, swelling, or redness. Signs and symptoms of a blood clot in your lungs can include difficulty breathing or chest pain.
    • Possible increased risk of heart attack or stroke
    • 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)
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider 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-1088or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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References: 1. AndroGel 1.62% [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc. 2. AndroGel 1% [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.