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.
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.
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
Apply Androderm® patches
to the areas in purple only.
Before applying Androderm®, make sure that the area you’re
applying it to is clean, dry, and has no broken skin.
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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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 used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
You should not use Androderm® if you have breast cancer, known or suspected prostate cancer, or if you have pre-existing heart, kidney, or liver disease. You should also not use Androderm® if you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, as testosterone may cause fetal harm. If you have an enlarged prostate (BPH), you should be monitored for worsening signs and symptoms. Women and children should not be exposed to Androderm®. Taking testosterone may lead to a condition in which there are no sperm in the semen, and if you have risk factors, may cause sleep apnea (abnormal pauses in breathing). Your healthcare provider should monitor you for prostate specific antigen (PSA), liver function, lipids, and blood parameters. The most common adverse events in a study of 36 patients treated with Androderm® were skin irritation (itching at the application site), application site blisters, and back pain.
Androderm® is available only by prescription.
To report suspected adverse events, contact Actavis Pharma, Inc. at 1-800-272-5525 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Please see full Prescribing Information.
Models are for illustrative purposes only.