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ANDROGEL - WHAT HAPPENS IF I STOP IT
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cowhorse1955 posted:
I HAVE BEEN TAKING ANDROGEL FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW AND HAVE READ TO MANY DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH IT.
I HAVE READ OF SOME "CRASHES" ABOUT 5 DAYS AFTER TAKING IT. ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO OR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS. I AM A 57 YO MALE.
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Sheldon Marks, MD responded:
Seems that almost everyone is being put on testosterone therapy today, for a number of reasons, some reasonable, some that make no sense.

If you have been on testosterone replacement for some time then chances are your body has cut down or stopped your own natural production of testosterone. So when you stop your blood levels will be low and then as your brain senses the levels are low it will hopefully start your own production again. The longer you are on replacement, the longer it may take to get your natural levels back up. You may feel fatigued, tired, grouchy, irritable until your levels come back up. In the meantime, exercise, eat well, get sunshine, lots of sex- all to goose your natural production.
 
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Neshobaj2 replied to Sheldon Marks, MD's response:
I, like cowhorse 1955, have been on Androjel for about a year. Did not know about the crashes and it really does not seem to be working very well even with cialis (5mg). If I stop, will my body start reproduction of its own testosterones. I am not crazy about cialis or androjel. I am trying to rebuild where I can do my own thing but it is not working. Right now we are using the pump because that is all that works. Any suggestions????????
 
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manarii52 responded:
Slowly taper down the use of Androgel over a couple of weeks or so. This will give your body a chance to respond.
 
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Joaeph replied to manarii52's response:
No amount of cream would raise my T levels. Now I inject myself with 200mg IM each weeks. I am 62 and now my sexual activity is of a man in my 20s
 
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Sheldon Marks, MD replied to manarii52's response:
this is smart but it still may take months or more to come back, if it does.
 
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An_247784 responded:
In december 2011 my psa level was 1.5 but my testorsterone level was low. around 300. So my urologist put me on androgel first for 2 months but it didnt raise my testosterone level. So he recommended testopal 10 pellets implants. I went forward with that and in 2 months it doubled my testosterone level but my PSA went up to 4.1. Now my urologist is suggesting biopsy to rule out any prostate cancer but I am hesitant as i want to wait and see if my psa will come down in a month or so. I heard that testopal effect lasts up to 4 months. Is it possible that when the testopal effect is gone my psa level may come down? What if implanted pellets are taken out now, Would that make a difference? Can testosterone treatment causes psa level to rise? Iam 50 years and healthy otherwise. Please advise. Thanks!
 
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Patrickbb replied to An_247784's response:
I just discovered yesterday my psa went from 1.4 to 4.9 in 4 months on pellet hrt...

Please update me on your findings or progress. Has anyone been able to provide helpful guidance?

Thanks for your help
Patrick
 
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sehat1 replied to Patrickbb's response:
Patrick, I understand what you have been going through. I took 3 opinion from 3 uros already. Two said get the biopsy done and 3rd one a surgeon told me to wait couple more months for another blood test for psa. Accoring to him, most likely the testorsterone treament after androgel causes the psa level to go up. So I am waiting for my next blood test and hope for the best. My uro did the DRE and he noticed i have a slight enlarged prostate due to age. Did your uro check for DRE to see if you have BPH or prostotitis? Good luck and please kepp me posted either on this board or on my email.
 
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tpap47 replied to Sheldon Marks, MD's response:
Dr. Marks,

I am 47 years old and have a Testosterone level of 352, which seems below normal for a 47 year old. My internal medicine doctor recommended that I start taking Androgel, which I now have been doing for 3 months. I now want to stop taking it because I read that it can actually reduce my own production of Testosterone and I think that I should not be messing with my own hormone production. I have also been under an enormous amount of stress and anxiety over the past several years and maybe that is what has caused my low testosterone levels. My question is, how specifically should I stop taking the Androgel? Should I take it every other day for a specific number of days and then every week for a specific number of weeks, or should I stop taking it cold turkey? Can you provide specifics which would make it safest for me?

Thank you.
Tommy
 
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Mahnster replied to tpap47's response:
Usually people don't take it for a short period of time.. Its a replacement therapy, meaning to keep you at a level for what you're missing, as you age you lose your natural production. Most men love being on it, makes you feel more like a man, helps you stay lean and build muscle mass.


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