Testosterone replacement therapy is a hormone replacement therapy for men to treat hypogonadism or low testosterone levels. It is not usually taken with other medications, as they can interact and cause very harmful effects. Men often use testosterone therapy for symptoms such as decreased libido, depressed mood, and decreased energy levels. When testosterone therapy begins, the hormone produces an increase in muscle mass, more body hair and an increase in sexual desire.
It is important to consult your health professional before taking any medications while on testosterone replacement therapy. Your doctor may order some tests to check your body's response to testosterone and your blood pressure should be checked before starting treatment and regularly while you are taking testosterone. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using this medication if you are a man and would like to have children. Women can inadvertently and dangerously increase their testosterone through skin-to-skin contact with a man undergoing treatment. Recent studies have yielded conflicting findings on the relationship between testosterone replacement therapy and the increased risk of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Testosterone should not be used to treat symptoms of low testosterone levels in men who have low testosterone levels due to aging (“age-related hypogonadism”). While testosterone therapy is still popular, concerns about side effects may ultimately reduce demand. Testosterone can cause a decrease in the number of sperm (male reproductive cells) that are produced, especially if used in high doses. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock the safety covers and immediately place the medication in a safe place, a place that is raised, away, and out of their sight and reach.