AndroGel Carry Risks for Men and Their Loved Ones

One therapy for men suffering from low testosterone is a hormone gel called AndroGel. Men apply this gel in hopes to increase their sex drive, lean body mass, bone density and mood; however there are risks involved.

AndroGel is supposed to be applied to parts of the body generally covered by clothing such as the shoulders, back, chest and abdomen. The manufacturer recommends that after applying the gel, and allowing it to completely dry, the man should put on a short-sleeved t-shirt. The manufacturer also recommends that a man should wait five hours before showering or swimming to ensure the greatest amount of testosterone gel is absorbed into the system.

Children and women may accidentally come into contact with the testosterone gel if the applied area has not been covered by clothing. Such accidental exposure could cause problems other, including early puberty in children and acne and unwanted hair growth in women.

For men looking to improve their testosterone levels with AndroGel, there may be more risks than benefits including an increased vulnerability to heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems.

Each package of AndroGel comes with warnings; however many people do not take the time to read the fine print, possibly exposing their loved ones to dangers. As if the health issues were not enough, AndroGel has also been found to be flammable until dry.

Additional Resources:
http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2013/05/androgel-will-light-your-fireliterally.html
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM188474.pdf
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/7950.php