The Androderm patch is a prescription medicine that can help replace low testosterone levels in adult men. It works by releasing testosterone, which is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Some unapproved uses of Androderm include treating low testosterone levels in women, certain types of breast cancer in women, and delayed puberty in males.
What Is Androderm Used For?Androderm® (testosterone patch) is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs called androgens. Androgens are male sex hormones. Androderm is approved as a testosterone replacement in men with low testosterone levels, also known as testosterone deficiency. It comes in the form of a patch that is applied to the skin and changed once a day.
Testosterone is produced by the testes in response to hormone signals sent out by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Low testosterone (known medically as hypogonadism) can occur when the testes fail to make enough testosterone, or when the hypothalamus or pituitary glands do not send out enough hormones to signal the production of testosterone by the testes.
Symptoms of low testosterone levels may include:
- Low libido (sex drive)
- Impotence (erectile dysfunction, or ED)
- Fatigue and low energy
- Decreased muscle mass.
Although hypogonadism is more likely to occur with increasing age, it is not a natural consequence of aging. It is a treatable medical condition. Although the underlying cause is not always known, there are many possible causes of low testosterone, including but not limited to:
- Genetic abnormalities
- Surgical removal of the testicles
- Injury to the testicles.