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Testosterone Patches and Gels Safer Than Injections, Study Says

Jun 30, 2015

Testosterone Patches and Gels Safer Than Injections, Study SaysTestosterone injections are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events when compared to patches and gels, according to a May report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The hormone is important for men, as it drives many of their secondary sex characteristics, like facial hair, a deeper voice, and increased muscle mass. It’s also involved with a man’s libido.

Sometimes, men’s bodies can’t produce adequate amounts of testosterone on their own because of problems with their testes or pituitary gland. Testosterone replacement therapy can help restore hormonal levels.

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Doctors may also prescribe testosterone to help with the normal hormonal declines that occur as men age. These decreases can cause low energy, depressed mood, and reduced sex drive.

There have been some concerns about the safety of testosterone therapy, however. Some studies have shown an increased risk of heart attack and stroke for men taking testosterone. Other researchers have found that this is not true.

A team of American and Swiss scientists wondered how the form of dosage – injection, gel, or patch – might play a role in this potential risk.

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