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When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with the Androderm patch 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. Also, avoid irritated skin, open sores, or bony areas that may be subject to pressure when you sleep or sit.
  • Never apply Androderm to your scrotum (genitals).
  • 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. Instead, 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.
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