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% is available in a metered-dose pump and in packets. Your individual dosage may vary, so be sure to follow your doctor’s 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.
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.
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.
Apply AndroGel 1.62% at the same time each morning. AndroGel 1.62% should be applied after showering or bathing.
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.
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 your hands with soap and water immediately after the application process.
Wait a few minutes until the gel has completely dried on your skin, and then cover up the application site with a T-shirt.
Find your dose as prescribed by your doctor
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.
Find your dose as prescribed by your doctor
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%.
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.
If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org for assistance.
References: 1. AndroGel 1.62% [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc. 2. AndroGel 1% [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.