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Old 06-11-2007, 02:04 PM
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Androgel and sweating
I've just started using Androgel last week. I was tested at 281ng/dl. I put the Androgel on after showering and then go to work. During work I sweat quite a bit (physically demanding). So much in fact that it soaks through my shirt. I was wondering if the sweat will keep the Androgel from absorbing or even "wash" it away?
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:04 PM
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Androgel and Sweating
Hi Frackel,<br> <br> Try applying the Androgel to areas that sweat less -- like the outside of your upper arms or to your shoulders. <br> <br> If you were to wash the skin soon (within 1 minute) after applying the gel, the amount of testosterone absorbed through the skin will be significantly reduced. Washing immediately with soap removes 95 percent of the testosterone. After 24 hours, about 50 percent of the applied testosterone will be removed by washing with mild soap. At that point, rubbing the skin dry with a towel will remove another 10 percent of the testosterone. <br> <br> In view of the above, perhaps you can alter your routine and shower in the evening before bed. Then you can apply the Androgel and it should be mostly absorbed by morning when you go to work. <br> <br> Hope that helps!
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:04 PM
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It makes sense that Androgel would rub off on the shirt, thus ineffectively delivering therapeutic androgen levels. It's like putting rubbing alcohol on the skin and hoping for a buzz. To achieve therapeutic levels on Androgel, it must be left on the skin for 5-6 hours, and you still aren't guaranteed the most from your course of treatment because most of the T is dried on top of the skin and never even has the chance to be delivered through the skin surface. You shoud probably consider Testim 1% gel. Within 2 hours therapeutic levels are achived at mid-high normal ranges. And showering, swimming, and sweating, become non-issue after that 2 hour window because it's all in. This information is in Testim's clinical insert in so many words. Dad says it's a wonder drug. His initial bloodwork -150ng/dl. His endocrinologist tried him on 1 small tube of Testim per day and his level after 2 months- 650ng/dl!!! Dad works his tail off every day doing construction with no AC. He constantly sweats. So he made a good decision to be on Testim- cheaper too. It shoots the medicine through the skin before the hottest part of the day when he sweats gallons of fluid. He does his 90 second rubbing routine each morning and washes his hands before his coffee. He swings a hammer with a smile as opposed to barking orders with an attitude. a changed man.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:04 PM
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Androgel
Almost ten years ago I had my pituitary glad removed and as of last year I was placed on Androgel due to extreme low levels of testosterone. (&lt;90). I was using one pack a day, which elevated my level up to 525, but was still feeling tired all the time, sleeping for days, went back and they tested it again, this time at two packets a day, it was less than 200. <br> I am experiencing a week or more of feeling ok; (nothing like I used to) and then several weeks of just no energy. I am 41 and was, up to three years ago, very active. Now I can't muster up enough energy to walk two miles at once or even concentrate on school studies most of the time. <br> Wondering if anyone else has this problem with the ups and downs of using Androgel, and if so did you over come it? How? I am getting very tired of feeling this way.<br> Thanks <br> Timmahhny<br>
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