Restoring testosterone levels starts with a clear treatment initiation plan

Patients with adult male hypogonadism due to an associated medical condition may face uncertainty when beginning testosterone replacement therapy. That’s why it’s important to have a clear and comprehensive treatment initiation plan for patients starting AndroGel 1.62%.1 When starting a patient on AndroGel 1.62%, be sure to:

1. Specify the starting dose of AndroGel 1.62%: 40.5 mg1

  • Explain that 40.5 mg is 2 pump actuations per day or one 40.5 mg packet per day

2. Set expectations1

  • Talk specifically with patients about what to expect during treatment, including:
    • The amount of time it may take for testosterone levels to normalize
    • The need for ongoing monitoring to ensure patients are on the right dose
    • The need to properly apply AndroGel 1.62% daily
    • The potential risks of using testosterone replacement therapy

3. Clarify application instructions1

  • Provide clear instructions on how to apply AndroGel 1.62% every morning
    • Instruct patients not to apply AndroGel 1.62% to any other parts of the body, including the abdomen, genitals, chest, armpits (axillae), or knees
  • Emphasize strict adherence to safety precautions in order to minimize the potential for secondary exposure to testosterone from skin treated with AndroGel 1.62%

4. Establish a monitoring plan1

  • Schedule follow-up visits to monitor your patient’s pre-dose morning serum total testosterone (TT) concentration at 14 and 28 days after starting treatment or following dose adjustment and periodically thereafter
  • Titrate as necessary based on TT level
  • Follow up with your patient to ensure he is comfortable with daily application

Limitations of use:

  • Safety and efficacy of AndroGel 1.62% in men with “age-related hypogonadism” (also referred to as “late-onset hypogonadism”) have not been established.
  • Safety and efficacy of AndroGel in males less than 18 years old have not been established.
  • Topical testosterone products may have different doses, strengths, or application instructions that may result in different systemic exposure.

Writing a prescription for
AndroGel 1.62%

Whether you are completing an electronic or written prescription for AndroGel 1.62%, it’s important to know what to specify. Use the prescribing tool below to get the information you need.

Prescribing AndroGel 1.62%1

Choose pump or packets based on your patient’s needs.
Select the dose (mg).1
(Starting Dose)

AndroGel 1.62% pump - 40.5 mg

Find information about prescriptions and AndroGel 1.62% Electronic Prescription

For 20.25 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® pump 20.25 mg/1.25 g gel/ACT (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 1 x 75 g pump bottle
  • Days: 30
  • Apply 1 pump press to one upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning

For 40.5 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® pump 20.25 mg/1.25 g gel/ACT (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 1 x 75 g pump bottle
  • Days: 30
  • Apply 1 pump press to one upper arm and shoulder and then apply 1 pump press to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning

For 60.75 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® pump 20.25 mg/1.25 g gel/ACT (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 2 x 75 g pump bottle
  • Days: 30
  • Apply 2 pump presses to one upper arm and shoulder and then apply 1 pump press to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning

For 81 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® pump 20.25 mg/1.25 g gel/ACT (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 2 x 75 g pump bottle
  • Days: 30
  • Apply 2 pump presses to one upper arm and shoulder and then apply 2 pump presses to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning

For 20.25 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® packets 20.25 mg/1.25 g gel (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 30 packets/box
  • Days: 30
  • Apply 1 packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning

For 40.5 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® packets 40.5 mg/2.5 g gel (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 30 packets/box
  • Days: 30
  • Apply half of the 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply the remaining packet contents to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning

For 60.75 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® packets 40.5 mg/2.5 g gel (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 30 packets/box
  • Days: 30

and

  • AndroGel® packets 20.25 mg/1.25 g gel (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 30 packets/box
  • Days: 30
  • Apply one 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply one 20.25 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning

For 81 mg testosterone, choose:

  • AndroGel® packets 40.5 mg/2.5 g gel (1.62%)
  • Quantity: 30 packets x 2 boxes
  • Days: 30
  • Apply one 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply one 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
Find information about prescriptions and AndroGel 1.62% Written Prescription

For 20.25 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62%
  • Apply 1 pump press to one upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 1 bottle

For 40.5 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62%
  • Apply 1 pump press to one upper arm and shoulder and then apply 1 pump press to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 1 bottle

For 60.75 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62%
  • Apply 2 pump presses to one upper arm and shoulder and then apply 1 pump press to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 2 bottles

For 81 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62%
  • Apply 2 pump presses to one upper arm and shoulder and then apply 2 pump presses to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 2 bottles

For 20.25 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62% 20.25 mg/1.25 g packets
  • Apply 1 packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 1 box (20.25 mg packets)

For 40.5 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62% 40.5 mg/2.5 g packets
  • Apply half of the 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply the remaining packet contents to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 1 box (40.5 mg packets)

For 60.75 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62% 40.5 mg/2.5 g packets

and

  • AndroGel 1.62% 20.25 mg/1.25 g packets
  • Apply one 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply one 20.25 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 1 box of each (40.5 mg packets and 20.25 mg packets)

For 81 mg testosterone, write:

  • AndroGel® 1.62% 40.5 mg/2.5 g packets
  • Apply one 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to 1 upper arm and shoulder and then apply one 40.5 mg packet of AndroGel 1.62% to the opposite upper arm and shoulder once daily in the morning
  • Dispense: 2 boxes (40.5 mg packets)

Safety Considerations1

  • AndroGel 1.62% is contraindicated in men with breast cancer or known or suspected prostate cancer, and in women who are or may become pregnant or are breastfeeding, as testosterone may cause fetal harm.
  • Patients treated with AndroGel also may be at risk for development of worsening benign prostatic hyperplasia; prostate cancer; polycythemia; venous thromboembolism (VTE), including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE); major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) including non-fatal myocardial infarction, non-fatal stroke, and cardiovascular death; azoospermia; edema; gynecomastia; changes in lipid profile; and sleep apnea.
  • AndroGel 1.62% is not indicated for use in women.
  • Most common adverse reaction of AndroGel 1.62% (incidence ≥5%) is an increase in prostate specific antigen (PSA).
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