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No, unfortunately the Testogel sachets have been discontinued by the manufacturer in March 2018 and replaced with the new pump pack.
The pump pack allows men to easily adjust the dose of their testosterone treatment based on their blood test results to achieve optimum blood testosterone levels without the wastage that was a problem with using the sachets.
For most men who use one sachet daily, the new dose will be two pumps daily. You may need to decrease or increase the number of pumps as per your current dose from the sachets. To see the full new dosage directions, see our 'Directions' section.
Like most medical treatments, there are some side effects associated with any hormone replacement therapy. However, because the aim of hormone replacement therapy is to return your body to ‘normal’ levels, the side effects are rare. Your doctor will explain this to you and should monitor you regularly throughout your course.
By getting your testosterone levels back up to normal you will notice improvements in sexual function, sex drive, and emotional stability. You will also see increases in your energy levels and stamina, including more hair growth and an increase in masculine features. Over time your skin texture may change, and you risk of developing depression or osteoporosis decreases.
One tube of gel should be used every day, in the morning if possible.
Before you can be given any hormone replacement therapy doctors must test the hormone levels in your body. More tests will be taken after a couple of weeks in order to make sure you are receiving the required dose of testosterone. This involves taking blood samples and can be completed easily at home. From this point blood tests will usually be repeated every 6 months, and then annually. Improvements in any of the adverse symptoms mentioned above will be an indication that the treatment is working.
It is possible that replacement testosterone will increase the growth-rate of pre-existing prostate cancer. For this reason your doctor may perform a prostate exam before you start using Testogel. The risk of developing prostate cancer is the same among those with testosterone replacement therapy and those with normally functioning testosterone production.
Low levels of testosterone are associated with low sperm levels in the testes; however testosterone replacement therapy may also decrease sperm levels. The way in which testosterone impacts upon the production of sperm is very complex, if you have any queries then contact your health care professional for advice.
Testogel has only been linked with increased aggressive behaviour in very rare circumstances. The reason for this is because Testogel will be carefully managed in order to return your testosterone levels to normal, not to raise them to excessively high levels which can increase aggression.
In order to maintain a proper quality of life, testosterone levels will need to be kept at normal levels. In order to avoid the reoccurrence of symptoms you will usually have to take Testogel for the long-term, under the guidance of doctors.
General improvements in health have been shown to boost the rate at which your body naturally produces testosterone. Here are some tips you can use to help give yourself a boost:
- Get plenty of sleep, aim for at least 7 hours per night. Make rest a top priority.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Obesity can increase the risk of developing a testosterone deficit. Being underweight can also decrease levels of testosterone.
- Be as active as possible. Men who are physically active have higher levels of testosterone. Regular physical exertion will help to boost your testosterone levels. Do not overdo it however as too much exercise can decrease levels of testosterone.
- Try and keep you stress levels down. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can inhibit your body’s ability to release testosterone. Try not to spend too much time working, and add relaxing activities to your daily schedule such as reading, or listening to music.
- Eating healthier foods and a well-balanced diet can have innumerable benefits. You should seek dietary advice from your doctor.
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.
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.
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.
Testim, as a testosterone replacement treatment, can sometimes cause additional hair growth.
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.
Testim can be an effective treatment in men who are struggling with libido and fertility problems by alleviating the effects of low testosterone levels.
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.
Bodybuilders sometimes use Testogel to gain extra weight and muscle, since testosterone is the hormone responsible for building larger muscles. However, we do not recommend using Testogel for this purpose. The Independent Pharmacy only prescribes Testogel for patients who have taken the required test and are shown to have below average levels of testosterone.
There is a link between men with type 2 diabetes and low levels of testosterone. According to NHS Diabetes, 16% of males with type 2 diabetes have lower than normal levels of testosterone. This is due to ‘free testosterone’ circulating in the blood that isn’t linked to globulin protein (a binding sex hormone). It is also linked to men who have high visceral fat, which can ultimately lead to insulin resistance.
Applying Testogel or having injections will more or less do the same thing, since ultimately more testosterone will be absorbed into your bloodstream. Your doctor will be able to decide during your consultation which is likely to be the best option for you.
The effectiveness of Testogel is often debated on healthcare forums, as with many health treatments. In particular it is referenced on bodybuilding forums, but as previously mentioned, The Independent Pharmacy does not condone using Testogel for this purpose and prescribes it for low testosterone in males only.
It’s not uncommon for there to be no very noticeable response within the first week or so of treatment, but gradually, you will start to notice a difference. It is often dependent on the individual and therefore hard to predict exactly how fast the response will be. It is always best to seek advice from a GP or endocrinologist if you are unsure about using Testogel, rather than relying on anonymous reviews. As treatment progresses, consider updating any changes in mood or libido to your online account with the Independent Pharmacy.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to low testosterone in men, which is why some men find they have a higher sex drive in summer, compared to winter. As well as sunlight, vitamin can also be found in fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, and fortified foods such as cereal and soy milk. Spray or tablet supplements can also be helpful. In the UK, our modern lifestyles can often mean we don’t get enough sunlight for adequate vitamin D, and nearly one third of us is deficient.