TESTOGEL 16.2 mg/g is indicated in adults as testosterone replacement therapy for male hypogonadism when testosterone deficiency has been confirmed by clinical features and biochemical tests. Posology and method of administration
Adult and elderly men
The recommended dose is two pump actuations of gel (i.e. 40.5 mg of testosterone) applied once daily at about the same time, preferably in the morning. The daily dose should be adjusted by the doctor depending on the clinical or laboratory response in individual patients, not exceeding four pump actuations or 81 mg testosterone per day. The adjustment of posology should be achieved by increments of one pump actuation of gel.
The dose should be titrated based on the pre-dose morning testosterone blood levels. Steady state blood testosterone levels are reached usually by the second day of treatment with TESTOGEL 16.2 mg/g. In order to evaluate the need to adjust the testosterone dosage, blood testosterone levels should be measured in the morning before application of the product, after the steady state is reached. Testosterone blood levels should be assessed periodically. The dose may be reduced if the testosterone blood levels are raised above the desired level. If the levels are low, the dosage may be increased stepwise, to a daily administration of 81 mg of testosterone (four actuations of gel) per day.
Therapy should be discontinued if the blood testosterone levels consistently exceeds the normal range at the lowest daily dose of 20.25 mg (1.25 g gel, equivalent to one pump actuation) or if blood testosterone levels in the normal range cannot be achieved with the highest dose of 81 mg (5 g gel, equivalent to four pump actuations). The safety and efficacy of TESTOGEL 16.2mg/g in males under 18 years have not been established.
No data are available. The application should be administered by the patient himself, onto clean, dry, healthy skin over right and left upper arms and shoulders.
The gel should be simply spread on the skin gently as a thin layer. It is not necessary to rub it on the skin. Allow to dry for at least 3-5 minutes before dressing. Wash hands with soap and water after application, and cover the application site(s) with clothing after the gel has dried. Wash the application site thoroughly with soap and water prior to any situation where skin-to-skin contact of the application site with another person is anticipated. Do not apply to the genital areas as the high alcohol content may cause local irritation.
To obtain a full first dose, it is necessary to prime the canister pump. To do so, with the canister in the upright position, slowly and fully depress the actuator three times. Safely discard the gel from the first three actuations. It is only necessary to prime the pump before the first dose.
After the priming procedure, fully depress the actuator once for delivering 1.25 g of TESTOGEL 16.2 mg/g into the palm of the hand and then apply to the upper arms and shoulders."