Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Testosterone skin patch comes in two different doses and different patch sizes. Ask your doctor which is the right one for you.

Make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying the patch.

For patients using the patch:

  • After opening the pouch that contains the patch, apply the patch immediately.
  • Apply the patch to a clean, dry area of the skin on your back, abdomen or stomach, thighs, or upper arm. Do not put the patch over burns, cuts, or irritated skin. Avoid putting the patch on oily or sweaty skin, or on areas covered with hair, since the patch may not stick tightly to these areas.
  • Do not apply the patch to your scrotum or genital area. Avoid applying this medicine to a bony area (such as your shoulder) or to an area that might be under pressure for a long time (such as the back of your leg when you are sitting).
  • The patch can be worn during sexual intercourse, or while taking a shower or bath. Wait for at least 3 hours after applying the medicine before you shower, swim, or wash the application site. However, heavy exercise and sweating may cause the patch to fall off.
  • When replacing an old patch, make sure that you apply the new patch on a different spot. Do not put another patch back on the same spot for at least 7 days.
  • Do not apply any type of ointment product on your skin before you put on the patch.
  • If a patch comes off, just put it back on the same spot. If the patch will not stick and you have been wearing it for fewer than 12 hours, put on a new patch. Then stay on your regular schedule and replace it with a fresh patch at your next regular time. If you have already been wearing the patch for more than 12 hours, do not put on a new patch. Wait to put on a new patch at your next regular time. Do not use extra patches to make up for the one that came off.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For transdermal dosage form (patch):
    • For hormone replacement:
      • Adults—At first, one 4-milligram (mg) patch applied nightly for 24 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply a new patch and skip the one you missed. Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.

Storage

Store the patches at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.