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Testosterone gel is a prescription medication used for treating low testosterone levels in men. Because this medication is a type of steroid and is classified as a controlled substance, there are strict laws regarding its sale and use. The gel is applied to the skin once daily, preferably in the morning. Possible side effects include acne, breast development, and prostate problems.

What Is Testosterone Gel?

Testosterone gel (AndroGel®, Fortesta™, Testim®) is a prescription medication approved to treat low testosterone levels in men due to various causes. It is an anabolic steroid and is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. This means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
(Click What Is Testosterone Gel Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, testosterone gel may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses it will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Testosterone Gel to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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