Testosterone for Osteoporosis
What To Think About
When using testosterone products on your skin, make sure you follow all of the instructions that come with the medicine.
Many other supplements may interact with testosterone. For example, testosterone should not be used if you are taking the supplement dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). DHEA is a human steroid hormone that decreases as a person ages. It frequently is advertised as a "rejuvenation" supplement. DHEA may increase testosterone levels, and combining it with other testosterone therapy may cause problems with blood clot formation or other serious health problems. Be sure to tell your doctor about any nonprescription medicines, supplements, or herbs you are taking.
Some experts are concerned that testosterone could increase the risk of prostate cancer. Your doctor may recommend regular exams and blood tests to check for problems.
Testosterone should not be taken by men who have prostate cancer.
Testosterone can affect your fertility. If you are trying to have a child, you may want to ask your doctor about how this medicine can affect your chances of conceiving.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Reference Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 6, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine