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Some of the common side effects of Androderm include skin reactions at the application site, such as itching, blisters, and redness. In most cases, reactions to this skin patch tend to be minor and easily treated. However, there are also some problems that are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately, including difficulty breathing, blood in the urine, and depression.

An Introduction to Androderm Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Androderm® (testosterone patch) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Androderm. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Androderm

Androderm has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred were carefully documented.
In these studies, the most common side effects included:
  • Itching at the patch site -- in up to 37 percent of people
  • Blisters at the patch site, including burn-like blisters -- up to 12 percent
  • Skin redness -- up to 7 percent
  • Prostate problems, which could cause frequent or difficult urination -- up to 5 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 4 percent
  • Inflammation at the patch site -- up to 4 percent
  • Burning at the patch site -- up to 3 percent
  • Skin hardness at the patch site -- up to 3 percent
  • Depression -- up to 3 percent
  • Rash -- up to 2 percent.
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