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Old 11-09-2007, 03:21 AM   #1
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Androderm - Recurrent Rash under Patch

Hi,

I started the 5 mg Androderm patch about 5 weeks ago and up until about two weeks ago, I had no side effects. Now, I am getting this rash under my patch that leaves a bright red oval (shape of patch), area. When I first take off the patch, there is no rash. I wipe the area clean. The next day, I get a little bit of rash, and then the day or two after, the area becomes red in the shape of the patch. The rash is somewhat itchy, but I put hyrdrocortizone cream on it as soon as I take off the patch.

I was thinking of switching to the Androgel because I am thinking its the long contact with the patch, but am hesitant because I have two small kids and don't want to risk transferring any of the gel to my kids (I have heard this is possible).

Any thoughts on this? I have an earlier post that my blood leves are still very low even with the 5 mg/day and now that I am getting this rash, I am pretty frustrated.

Any thoughts on the rash and also if Androgel would be better?

Thanks in advance.

 
Old 11-09-2007, 05:01 AM   #2
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Re: Androderm - Recurrent Rash under Patch

I used androgel for 4 years. You put it on your shoulders and/or stomach area. As long as you wear a tshirt and wash your hands your children should not come in to contact with it. My experience with androgel was bitter sweet. It did help me from where I was before I took it but I still quite often had periods of weeks to even months where I had ED. I think this is because most of the topical methods of T replacement can not get your level above the 500's which is not really high enough. ALso the doctor failed to tell me it would shut down my testicles causing them to atrophy. Make sure you do your research. There are plenty of posts on this board by me and others about hypogonadism.

 
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:40 AM   #3
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Re: Androderm - Recurrent Rash under Patch

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I used androgel for 4 years. You put it on your shoulders and/or stomach area. As long as you wear a tshirt and wash your hands your children should not come in to contact with it. My experience with androgel was bitter sweet. It did help me from where I was before I took it but I still quite often had periods of weeks to even months where I had ED. I think this is because most of the topical methods of T replacement can not get your level above the 500's which is not really high enough. ALso the doctor failed to tell me it would shut down my testicles causing them to atrophy. Make sure you do your research. There are plenty of posts on this board by me and others about hypogonadism.
on Testim my free T is over 800.

 
Old 11-09-2007, 08:45 AM   #4
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Re: Androderm - Recurrent Rash under Patch

Yes.... I have been on Androgel for almost two years and I have good luck with it... There are of course ups and downs, but the thing that seemed to help me turn the corner was DIM and 6oxo, estradiol inhibitors, My levels have been in the 700 - 800 range... I believe that there are two problems that cause Androgel to get a bad name...(1) some people do not absorb topical T agents as well as others, period (2) since AG is probably the most widely prescribed TRT, you hear alot of bad things becuase the Dr prescribing it does not know the whole story.... this TRT thing is most likely for life so for me personally I would rather use gel than stick a needle in my *** every week if I can get away with it....

 
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ALso the doctor failed to tell me it would shut down my testicles causing them to atrophy. Make sure you do your research. There are plenty of posts on this board by me and others about hypogonadism.
This is true for any TRT, not just Androgel....

 
Old 11-09-2007, 09:10 AM   #6
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Re: Androderm - Recurrent Rash under Patch

Also, my family doctor doesn't have that much knowledge of low testosterone. Should I make an appointment with an endrochronologist (sp)?

 
Old 11-09-2007, 09:24 AM   #7
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Also, my family doctor doesn't have that much knowledge of low testosterone. Should I make an appointment with an endrochronologist (sp)?
yes it is very important that you talk to a doctor that knows how to treat us guys. they are hard to find and not all endo's know enough. Educate yourself so you can ask the questions. I've carried articles in to mine and asked about it. I had never heard of HCG until I saw hayfarmer mention it. I wnt and griped at my doctor about it. (its been 2 years on testim and probably a year or so before that when I was suffering from ED so I seriously doubt HCG will help me now. but I might push for it just to see if the boys will get back to the size they used to be)

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Old 11-09-2007, 10:03 AM   #8
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Re: Androderm - Recurrent Rash under Patch

Any form of T replacement will cause testicular atrophy as I have said many times....not just androgel. The only way to avoid this would be to either take HCG, or block the T from binding to the hypothalmus receptors .....and if you could do the latter and it got LH up you would not need the T replacement in the first place.

 
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