Peel, Place,
& Proceed

Androderm® is a patch you stick onto your skin, where it stays
for 24 hours while you’re getting on with things in your life.
At the end of that 24-hour period, you remove the used patch
and apply a new one. You’re OK to swim or shower with the
patch; just wait 3 hours after applying it to do so. In fact, you
can maintain most of your normal activities, including sexual
activity, while wearing the patch.

Nighttime is the right time

Androderm® is put on once daily in the evening. Some men
apply it near bedtime—in the clinical trial, men put it on
around 10 pm. By putting the patch on at night, you get
the most testosterone in the early morning and less at night.
You don’t have to cover it—the testosterone in the patch is
already covered with a lining.

Where to apply Androderm®

There are 4 different areas where the Androderm® patch
can be applied: the back, abdomen, upper arms, and thighs.
Each day you’re going to use a different spot than the
previous day. Try not to reuse a site for at least 7 days.
However, sometimes the area where you had your
Androderm® patch may get red after the patch is removed.
If the redness doesn’t clear up, talk to your healthcare
provider. He or she may suggest using an over-the-counter
hydrocortisone cream.

Apply Androderm® patches
to the areas in purple only.

Simple to Apply

Before applying Androderm®, make sure that the area you’re
applying it to is clean, dry, and has no broken skin.

  1. Tear open (don’t cut!) pouch and
    remove the patch, which has 2 tabs.
  2. Peel the tabs apart to expose the adhesive
    and central reservoir area on the patch.
    Discard the protective liner and the silver disc.
  3. Apply the patch to an area of skin that is clean,
    dry, and unbroken by placing it flat on the skin
    and firmly pressing it around the edges.

If the liner is hard to pull off, or if you see any glue or adhesive
sticking to the liner, do not use the patch. Instead, throw it away
and use a new one.

Make sure to avoid areas that are oily, perspire heavily, or are covered
with hair, since Androderm® may not stick well to these areas. Do not
apply Androderm® to your scrotum, buttocks, or over a bony area.

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See How Easy Applying the
Androderm® Patch Really is!

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application instruction sheet
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Handy to Know

Use Androderm® exactly as your physician tells you. Do not change
the dose without discussing it with your healthcare provider.

If your Androderm® patch becomes loose, smooth it down again
by rubbing your finger firmly around the edges. Do not tape
Androderm® patches to your skin. Sometimes, a patch may fall
off, and in that case, the time of day it happens matters.


Before noon: Put on a new one and
wear it until you put on a new patch
at your regular time that evening.

After noon: Do not put on a new one;
rather, wait and apply a new patch at
your regular time that evening.


Do not use an Androderm® patch if the pouch seal is broken or
the patch is cut, damaged, or changed in any way. Throw it away
and use a new one.

Androderm® and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan:
Patches that have aluminum in them can cause skin burns at
the patch site during an MRI scan. Because Androderm® contains
aluminum, you should take off your Androderm® patch before
you have an MRI. Follow the guide above for applying another
patch after your MRI.


ANDRODERM® is a prescription treatment used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone due to primary hypogonadism or hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.

It is not known if ANDRODERM® is safe and effective in children younger than 18 years old. Improper use of ANDRODERM® may affect bone growth in children.


Who should not use ANDRODERM®?

Do not use ANDRODERM® if you:

  • are a man who has breast cancer
  • have or might have prostate cancer
  • are pregnant or may become pregnant or are breastfeeding. ANDRODERM® may harm your unborn or breastfeeding baby

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using ANDRODERM®?

Before you use ANDRODERM®, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have breast cancer
  • have or might have prostate cancer
  • have urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate
  • have heart problems
  • have kidney or liver problems
  • have problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea)
  • have diabetes
  • have any other medical conditions

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Using ANDRODERM® with other medicines can affect each other. Especially, tell your healthcare provider if you take:

  • insulin
  • medicines that decrease blood clotting
  • corticosteroids

What are the possible side effects of ANDRODERM®?

ANDRODERM® can cause serious side effects including:

  • If you already have an enlargement of your prostate gland, your signs and symptoms may get worse while using ANDRODERM®. This can include:
    • increased urination at night
    • trouble starting your urine stream
    • having to pass urine many times during the day
    • having an urge that you have to go to the bathroom right away
    • having a urine accident
    • being unable to pass urine or weak urine flow
  • Possible increased risk of prostate cancer. Your healthcare provider should check you for prostate cancer or any other prostate problems before you start and while you use ANDRODERM®.
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs. Signs and symptoms can include leg pain, swelling or redness of your legs, difficulty breathing, or chest pain.
  • In large doses ANDRODERM® may lower your sperm count.
  • Swelling of your ankles, feet, or body, with or without heart failure.
  • Enlarged or painful breasts.
  • Problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea).

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the serious side effects listed above.

The most common side effects of ANDRODERM® include:

  • skin redness, irritation, burning, or blisters where ANDRODERM® is applied
  • back pain
  • depression
  • headache
  • prostate abnormalities

Other side effects include more erections than are normal for you or erections that last a long time.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.These are not all the possible side effects of ANDRODERM®.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

Models are for illustrative purposes only.