Fortesta is a clear and odorless gel that was FDA approved in 2010, and has been helping numerous male patients with hypogonadism, also known as low testosterone. The gel solution is stored in a pump that disperses a single 10 mg dose with each pump. A 60 gram canister can deliver 120 doses of gel. As the topical gel is applied to the skin as directed, it is absorbed through the skin, increasing testosterone in the blood. Increased testosterone levels can produce an increase in male characteristics, such as a deeper voice, increased sex drive, increase in body hair and changes in mood.
It is important to use only as much as and exactly as directed. If a dose is missed, skip the dose if it is close to your next one. Using too much Fortesta can produce irreversible effects such as enlarged breasts, infertility, reduced testicle size, high blood pressure, mental changes and other issues. Be sure to shower before applying the gel, and do not shower for at least 2 to 5 hours afterward. Also avoid activities such as swimming or getting into hot tubs, as the medication can wash off. Men should also avoid putting on clothing over the areas where the medication has been applied as the medication may absorb some of the medication, reducing the amount of testosterone that can be absorbed in the blood.
When using Fortesta, it’s important to make sure medication does not come in contact with the gel, especially women and children, as it can produce puberty characteristics like body hair, acne and aggression. In children, Fortesta may trigger symptoms of early puberty. Additionally, it can affect bone growth in children, interfering with their development. If women or children should come in contact with the gel, they should wash with soapy water immediately and thoroughly. While Fortesta can be applied on most areas of the body, it should be applied where clothing will be worn to avoid contact with women and children. However, men should not apply Fortesta to the penis or scrotum.
Those with allergies to other testosterone gels should avoid Fortesta as it may be likely to produce an allergic reaction. Patients with a medical history of breast cancer, prostate issues, heart problems, blood clots or difficulty breathing may be advised against taking Fortesta as it can increase the chances of those issues reoccurring. Common, but less severe side effects of Fortesta include more frequent and prolonged erections, irritation at the site of application, mood changes, headache, diarrhea and vomiting among others. Issues regarding pain or rapid weight gain should be reported to a doctor right away before continuing the medication. Blood tests will be required when taking Fortesta to determine its effectiveness. If testosterone levels do not increase, a higher prescribed dosage may be ordered or a new medication altogether.