When using Androderm, your dosage will depend on your testosterone blood levels. The initial starting dose is typically one 4-mg patch or two 2-mg patches applied every 24 hours. Your healthcare provider can adjust this amount as necessary, depending on how you respond to the medication. Each patch should be applied in the evening, between 8 p.m. and midnight.
An Introduction to Dosing With AndrodermThe dosage of Androderm® (testosterone patch) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on your testosterone levels. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Androderm Dosage GuidelinesThe recommended initial dose of Androderm is 4 mg every 24 hours. Your healthcare provider will check your blood testosterone levels to determine if Androderm 4 mg is the right dosage for you. You may need a dose decrease to 2 mg if your testosterone levels are too high after using the 4-mg dosage, or a dose increase to 6 mg (one 4-mg patch and one 2-mg patch) if your levels are too low.
This medication previously came in 2.5-mg and 5-mg strengths (these old strengths are no longer available). When switching to the new strengths, the following conversion is recommended:
- Old dose of 2.5 mg daily -- new dose of 2 mg daily
- Old dose of 5 mg daily -- new dose of 4 mg daily
- Old dose of 7.5 mg daily -- new dose of 6 mg daily.
General Information on Using AndrodermSome considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Androderm include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a patch that is applied to the skin once a day.
- Androderm should be applied in the evening, between 8 p.m. and midnight. Try to apply it at around the same time each night.
- Apply the patch to a clean, dry area of the skin on the back, stomach, upper arms, or thighs. Avoid areas that are oily, sweaty, or covered with hair.
- Never apply Androderm to your scrotum (genitals). Also, avoid irritated skin, open sores, or bony areas that may be subject to pressure when you sleep or sit.
- Rotate the patch placement each day. Do not apply the patch to the same area of skin more than once a week.
- Do not use a cut or damaged patch.
- If the patch falls off before noon, replace it with a new patch and resume your normal dosing schedule. If the patch falls off later in the day, do not replace it. Apply a new patch at your regular time.
- You can use a nonprescription hydrocortisone cream to help relieve minor skin irritation after removing the patch. Your pharmacist can help you choose an appropriate product. A prescription for a more potent steroid cream may be necessary for stubborn cases. Do not use any kind of ointment (rather than cream), as this can affect testosterone absorption.
- You do not need to remove your patch during sexual activity, bathing, or swimming.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Androderm, please talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.