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Conditions: Low Testosterone

Treating Low Testosterone

What are the side effects of testosterone use?

Testosterone replacement is generally well tolerated. The most common adverse events associated with treatment include:

  • Skin itching or irritation from the patch application; this is less common with the gel preparation.
  • breast tenderness, swelling or the development of prominent breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia.
  • Acne, oily skin, increased body hair and flushing have also been observed.

Testosterone replacement has also been associated with exacerbation or development of sleep apnea. Additionally, these treatments tend to reduce sperm counts and testicular size, and should not be used in men concerned about fertility.

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