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Testim Gel  (Returning Patients)

Testim Gel

Sorry, this treatment is currently out of stock.

The consultation for this item is currently under review, when it is available again the following will apply:

  • If you are already receiving testosterone treatment we can offer a convenient continuation service to order it online.
  • If you haven’t been treated for low testosterone before, you’ll need to consult your GP first and be seen by a specialist, if appropriate.

Description for Testim Gel

Are you suffering from symptoms of testosterone deficiency, including hair loss and decreased muscle mass? The Independent Pharmacy can offer you a Testim Gel Starter Kit following a consultation from our UK registered doctors to get your treatment started, at a competitive price. This treatment receives great reviews and is very effective,  Don’t hesitate – start an online consultation for free today.

Testim Information

  • Age: 40 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is The Process for Testim Low Testosterone Treatment Online?

If you have not had Testim Gel treatment from us before then this is the process you need to follow:
Select the “Testim Gel Starter Kit”. This differs from the normal pack because it also contains two testosterone test kits needed to establish your blood testosterone levels before, and during, treatment.
Start your order and fill in the short medical questionnaire and proceed through the checkout process.
After review of your consultation our medical team will require you to undergo some blood tests. This is to see if you are likely to benefit from testosterone replacement therapy, to measure your testosterone levels and to determine if treatment is safe for you.

Once our medical team has approved your initial online consultation, a testosterone kit will be sent to you.This needs to be completed and sent off before treatment can be started. The test is easy to perform at home and is sent to The Doctor's Laboratory in London using the freepost envelope enclosed in the pack. The results are sent directly to us here within 4 hours of them receiving the tests.

Our UK medical team will review your results and the answers from your questionnaire and either authorise or decline your request. If your request is declined, the total amount minus the cost of the home testosterone test kit (£35) will be refunded to you.

After our medical team's approval, the Testim Gel and the second home testosterone test kit is sent out to you. The second testosterone test needs to be completed after 3 weeks of testosterone treatment. The results are assessed to ensure, for your health and safety, that the medication is having an effect.
Once the two tests have been performed in the first month. We will be sure that the medication is effective and a further test will needed in 6 months time and after that at yearly intervals.

The Testim Starter Pack price includes the following:

  • Two home testosterone test kits. These can be conducted without any embarrassment from the convenience of your own home. One is completed before treatment is initiated and the other is completed after three weeks of treatment (if it is approved). Each blood test is provided at a cost of £35, but you will be able to decide whether or not to proceed at each step of the way.
  • 1 box of 30 Testim Gels
  • Online Consultation
  • Free standard delivery

Testim gel is a clear gel which contains testosterone. Testosterone is a male hormone. Testim gel is applied to your skin (shoulders or/and upper arms) and testosterone is absorbed directly into your body through skin. It then enters your bloodstream and helps to raise your testosterone to normal levels. The type of testosterone delivered into your body by Testim Gel is the same as the testosterone produced in your body.

Testim gel is used to replace testosterone in men who do not produce sufficient natural testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism. Testosterone is made naturally in your body in your testicles and help to produce sperm and develop and maintain the male sexual characteristics such as a deep voice and body hair. It is also necessary for normal sexual function and sex drive. Testosterone also helps to maintain muscle size and strength.

Testim gel is a type of medication that’s available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation with one of our UK based doctors. It’s used to replace testosterone in men suffering from hypogonadism – a condition in which the body cannot naturally produce enough testosterone.

Testosterone is produced in the testicles and is responsible for sperm production, as well as the development of male characteristics such as facial hair and a deep voice. Testosterone also plays a vital role in sexual function and drive as well as the development and strength of muscle tissue.

Testim gel contains testosterone and can be applied directly to your skin, allowing it to be absorbed directly into your body. From here, it enters your bloodstream, topping up your levels of testosterone.
For males, testosterone plays a vital role in many facets of life, including:

  • Sperm production
  • Sex drive
  • Erectile potency
  • The general functioning of the prostate

A low production of testosterone can lead to further medical problems such as:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Decreased mental activity
  • Decreased physical activity
  • Weakening of the bones

As men age, their natural testosterone production levels slowly decrease. If one or both testicles have to be removed, for example as a result of testicular cancer, then testosterone production will be drastically decreased. Other causes include a decrease in testicular function as a result of testicular disease, this is known as hypogonadism or eunuchoidism. Another cause is a decrease in gonadotropin production by your pituitary gland which is caused by pituitary disease.

Treatments for replacing testosterone, such as Testim gel, should only be used by men who have been diagnosed by a doctor to have low levels of testosterone. Do not use Testim gel if your testosterone levels are normal as this may cause serious side effects and will provide you with no benefit.

Testosterone replacement medications can be used alongside medications for ED (erectile dysfunction), such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis.

Testim gel comes in the form of 5g tubes and each one contains 50mg of testosterone.

If you use testosterone gels it is possible to transfer it to other people if you come into skin contact with them. Because of this it is advised that you take precautions, especially around pregnant women and children. This is because testosterone can produce masculine symptoms such as the growth of facial hair and deepening of the voice. Always thoroughly wash your hands after applying the gel and try to cover the area where possible. You should take a shower before any close interaction, such as sexual intercourse. The gel should be left on for at least six hours before showering.

Before taking any testosterone replacement medication you will need to undergo blood tests. If you experience any of the following symptoms then you should contact your doctor immediately as it means that your testosterone levels are too high:

  • Persistent erections
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Nervousness

Increased testosterone levels can increase the rate at which prostate cancers grow. Because of this your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your prostate before beginning this medication. Once you have begun testosterone replacement therapy your doctor will want to continue with prostate exams at least every year.

The only way that levels of testosterone can be measured is via a blood test. Because levels of testosterone in the blood change throughout the day, multiple readings will need to be taken in order to know for sure. Early morning is usually the best time as this is when testosterone levels are highest.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Testim Gel directions

Apply Testim Gel only to healthy, normal skin. Never apply Testim Gel to your genitals (penis and testes) or to skin that is broken or damaged and avoid contact with open sores, wounds or irritations.

Apply Testim Gel at the same time each day (preferably every morning). Apply the contents of one (1) of gel (or as directed by the GP) on the shoulders and/or upper arms, every morning as instructed by your doctor.

If you take a bath or shower in the morning, use Testim Gel after your bath or shower. Make sure that your shoulders and/or upper arms are clean and completely dry before putting on the gel.

Open the Testim Gel aluminium tube by piercing the end of the tube with the top part of the cap. Squeeze the entire contents of the tube into the palm of your hand. Squeeze the gel out from the bottom of the tube towards the top.

Apply Testim Gel only to your shoulders and/or upper arms as a thin layer. In this way your body will absorb the right amount of testosterone. Use a circular motion to rub the gel in to your skin for several seconds. Do this until no gel is left on the skin area.

Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water immediately after application. This will also reduce the chance that the medicine will spread from your hands to other people. Let Testim Gel dry for a few minutes before you dress. This prevents your clothing from wiping the gel off your skin and ensures that your body will absorb the correct amount of testosterone.

If you wash the application site within 6 hours after applying Testim Gel you may lower the amount of testosterone that is absorbed by your body. Therefore, wait at least 6 hours after applying the gel before showering or swimming to ensure that the greatest amount of Testim Gel is absorbed into your body.

Testim Gel side effects

Most people will not suffer from any adverse side effects as a result of using Testim gel, however some common potential side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Rash or other application site reaction
  • Headache
  • Acne

If you experience any side effects not listed here or have any further concerns about Testim gel then you should contact your doctor immediately.

Testim Gel ingredients

There is only one active ingredient in Testim gel:

  • Testosterone 50mg

There are also several inactive ingredients in Testim gel:

  • Ethanol (approximately 74%)
  • Carbomers (980 and 1342)
  • Trometamol
  • Pentadecalactone
  • Macrogol 1000
  • Propylene glycol
  • Glycerol
  • Purified water

Testim Gel warnings

Before using Testim gel you should read the following warnings.

Testim gel should only be used by men who are over the age of 18. Women or children should avoid coming into contact with any parts of the body that have been applied with Testim gel. This product should not be used by women of any age.

Testim gel should not be used if:

  • You have or may have prostate cancer.
  • You have or may have male breast cancer.
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medication.


Before using Testim gel you should speak to your doctor if:

  • You have difficulty urinating.
  • You are currently suffering from kidney, liver, or heart disease.
  • You have high levels of calcium in your blood or urine as a result of bone cancer.
  • You have high blood pressure.
  • You have ever had ischaemic heart disease.
  • You have epilepsy.
  • You suffer from migraines.
  • You have difficulty breathing in your sleep (this is more likely if you are overweight or suffer from chronic lung disease.


Any of the conditions listed above may become aggravated when using Testim gel – for this reason you should fully inform your doctor before usage.

If, after applying Testim gel to your skin, you develop a negative reaction to the gel, then cease usage and contact your doctor immediately.

If you are a competing athlete then it is important to bear in mind that Testim gel may produce positive results in doping tests. Testosterone should not be used by healthy individuals as a way to improve strength or muscle mass.

Always inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they will be in a better position as to advise you going forward. Testim gel can affect other medicines, and for this reason your dosing may need to be altered. If you are taking any of the following then this is particularly important:

  • If you are taking insulin to control your blood sugar levels (as in diabetes), then you might need to change you dose of insulin when using Testim gel.
  • If you are taking blood thinning drugs (anticoagulants) then Testim gel may increase their effects.
  • If you are taking corticosteroids, or drugs which alter the production of these hormones, in conjunction with Testim gel then your body may retain more water.


It is possible that treatments with testosterone may affect your body’s level of the hormone thyroid. The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating your body’s metabolism and general growth and is located in the neck. These small changes in thyroid levels should not have any overall negative affect on you.

Propylene glycol is present in Testim gel and this may irritate your skin.

Measures should be taken to avoid spreading Testim gel to other individuals, especially women and children. This can increase their testosterone levels and lead to unwanted side effects. Here are some tips to avoid transferring the gel onto other people:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap after every application.
  • Once the gel has dried, cover it up with clothing.
  • Before having skin on skin contact with someone you should shower, or take precautions to wear clothing.
  • You should leave as long a time as possible between applying the gel and subsequently coming into skin contact.


What should you do if you unintentionally expose someone to Testim gel?

If someone becomes exposed to your Testim gel then you should thoroughly wash the area of contact immediately to avoid absorption. The longer Testim gel is left on the body the more testosterone will be absorbed. This is even more important if coming into contact with pregnant women and children.

If they develop any symptoms associated with increased levels of testosterone, such as increased hair growth or acne, then they should contact their doctor immediately.

Before undergoing any treatment you should always read all available information in order to make sure you are making a fully informed decision.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have heard of Testim gel, Testogel, and Tostran – What is the difference?

    Both Testim gel and Testogel are available in boxes of 30 sachets or tubes. Some individuals do not like the unpleasant odour of Testim gel so Testogel is available as an alternative.

    Tostran on the other hand is available in pump form and should be applied to the shoulders.

  • Can Testim be used for bodybuilding and building muscle?

    Testim treatment helps patients with low testosterone levels to alleviate symptoms such as reduced muscle mass. It should not be used in bodybuilding, and should not be used without consulting a medical practitioner. Unsolicited use of this product can be harmful to your health.

  • Is Testim gel safe to use?

    Testim gel is safe to use, but only in men who are affected by long term testosterone deficiency. This gel is not safe for women or children.

  • Does this treatment help treat women going through the menopause?

    There has been some recent research into hormone replacement therapy as a treatment for symptoms of the menopause. However, Testim is not prescribed to treat menopausal symptoms, as safety studies have not been carried out.

  • Does Testim cause hair growth?

    Testim, as a testosterone replacement treatment, can sometimes cause additional hair growth.

  • How long can Testim take to work?

    Testim is a long-term treatment for low testosterone. You may start to notice effects after 14 days of continuous treatment. At this stage, testosterone levels and dosage are measured and adjusted accordingly.

  • Can Testim help prevent infertility?

    Testim can be an effective treatment in men who are struggling with libido and fertility problems by alleviating the effects of low testosterone levels.

  • Preventing the gel transferring on to other people

    When using Testim, you need to be wary of the gel transferring to other people. This could happen with bodily contact, shared clothing or bed sheets. This can cause side effects in people who have made contact in this way, even if it is a small amount of the product. It is important to prevent this from happening – particularly with women or children.

    You should wash your hands after applying the gel, cover the application site with clothing once the gel has dried, and shower before any contact is anticipated.

Authored By:

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Published on: 10-01-2017

Last modified on: 10-01-2021

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

Reviewed By:

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Andy Boysan


Reviewed on: 10-01-2021

Next review date: 10-01-2023

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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