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This Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using testosterone gel and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Learn how to prepare the pump for use. Your doctor’s instructions on the exact number of pumps for each dose. You may pump this medication into the palm of your hand or directly onto the desired application site. If you are not sure how to use the pump, ask your pharmacist. Apply the medication as directed to clean, dry skin of the shoulders/upper arms once daily in the morning or as directed by your doctor. Your product’s instructions or ask your pharmacist if your product may be applied to the abdomen. Avoid applying this medication to broken, irritated skin. Do not apply to the genitals (penis or scrotum). Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. After applying this medication, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to reduce the risk of accidentally spreading it from your hands to other people. Before dressing, wait a few minutes for the application site to dry completely. Be sure to always wear clothing (such as a t-shirt) to cover the application site until you wash the areas well with soap and water. To get the best effect, wait several hours (2 to 5 hours depending on the product) before showering/swimming to allow the drug to be absorbed through the skin. Check the manufacturer’s information or ask your pharmacist for details. Also Warning and Precautions sections. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. This medication is flammable until dry. Let the gel dry before smoking or going near an open flame. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
For guys without hypogonadism, a wait-and-see approach may make the most sense. "We just don't have the data to prove that raising testosterone in men who already have normal levels confers any real benefit," says Dr. Robert Mordkin , a urologist in Arlington, Virginia. Furthermore, Mordkin adds, "Natural waxes and wanes of testosterone as we age may have some not yet entirely understood protective effects." In addition to making us better fathers, as the Northwestern study infers, declining testosterone "may lower our vulnerability to prostate cancer at a time in our lives when we're at the greatest risk for it." That said, if you have classic symptoms of hypogonadism – low libido, fatigue, erectile dysfunction – "it's probably reasonable to check your testosterone. And for those guys whose blood levels come under definitions of low testosterone, it's probably reasonable to try the therapy for a while. But that's very different from saying testosterone is the fountain of youth."