Androgel Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, hair loss, trouble sleeping, change in sexual desire, redness/swelling of the skin, change in skin color, and acne may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: breast pain/enlargement, swelling of the feet/ankles (edema), weight gain, very slow/shallow/difficult breathing (possibly while sleeping), weakness, trouble urinating, increased urination (especially at night), mental/mood changes (such as depression, agitation, hostility), change in size/shape of the testicles, testicle pain/tenderness, stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing of eyes/skin, fast/irregular heartbeat.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: shortness of breath/rapid breathing, chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, confusion, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, sudden/severe headaches, trouble speaking, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes.

In patients with diabetes, especially those taking insulin, testosterone may decrease your blood sugar. Be prepared to treat low blood sugar while you are using this medication. Symptoms of low blood sugar include shakiness, nervousness, rapid pulse, and sweating. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medications.

For males, in the very unlikely event you have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours, stop using this drug and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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  • prostatic carcinoma
  • hypoglycemic disorder
  • virilism
  • hyperlipidemia
  • hypercalcemia
  • body fluid retention
  • anemia
  • mood changes
  • libido changes
  • depression
  • aggressive behavior
  • hostility
  • hypertension
  • acute myocardial infarction
  • pulmonary thromboembolism
  • heart failure
  • cerebrovascular accident
  • deep venous thrombosis
  • venous thrombosis
  • vasodilation of blood vessels
  • hepatic necrosis
  • drug-induced hepatitis
  • peliosis hepatis
  • disease of liver
  • benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • epididymitis
  • oligospermia
  • priapism
  • testicular atrophy
  • gynecomastia
  • mastalgia
  • menstrual disorder
  • contact dermatitis
  • pruritus of skin
  • alopecia
  • hirsutism
  • increased pubic hair
  • hair bleaching
  • hair discoloration
  • acne vulgaris
  • dry skin
  • memory impairment
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • sleep apnea
  • fatigue
  • flu-like symptoms
  • hyperhidrosis
  • dysgeusia
  • parosmia
  • skin irritation
  • skin swelling
  • edema
  • peripheral edema
  • anorexia
  • weight gain
  • headache disorder
  • dyspnea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • urinary retention
  • urinary incontinence
  • nocturia
  • abnormal hepatic function tests
  • nervousness
  • paresthesia
  • urinary urgency
  • cholestatic hepatitis
  • general weakness
  • malaise
  • irritability
  • jaundice
  • erythrocytosis
  • neoplasm of liver
  • azoospermia
  • dream disorder
  • testicular pain
  • urinary hesitancy
  • increased libido
  • symptoms of anxiety

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: "blood thinners" (such as warfarin).

This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including thyroid function tests, creatinine level), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.