ANDRACTIM GEL (Dihydrotestosterone)
Dihydrotestosterone is a synthetic version of a hormone called testosterone. Used for children with hormone deficiency. This fact sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) describes what Andractim 2.5% Gel is, how to use it, and some of the possible side effects.
Available as a 2.5% gel under the Andractim® brand name imported from abroad. It works by correcting hormonal deficiencies that affect specific parts of the body or the entire body.
How is it used
- Dihydrotestosterone 2.5% gel is for external use only. It should be applied to the desired area of skin after washing.
- Allow the gel to dry for approximately 5 minutes before applying it.
- Put on gloves
- Gently press the gel onto the ruler mark shown on the laminated information sheet, following the instructions on the dispenser label. Evenly distribute to the desired area
- Leave for 5 minutes
- Wipe the laminated information sheet with a damp kitchen paper for the next dose. Remove gloves, wash with warm soapy water and prepare for the next dose.
Note: Dihydrotestosterone 2.5% gel should not be used on broken skin.
Who Should Use Dihydrotestosterone 2.5% Gel?
People who are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone or its excipients (Carbomer 934, triethanolamine, 95% alcohol) should discuss the use of this drug with their doctor.
Side Effects of Dihydrotestosterone
Side effects are rare and usually associated with doses that are too high and disappear when the dose is reduced.
- Mood unevenness and irritability
- Signs of excess energy or hyperactivity
- Weight gain
- Extra hair growth
- Oily skin
Dihydrotestosterone is used externally and should not react with other medicines.
Because this is a specialized treatment, GOSH or your nearest hospital will provide your child's medicine. Store medicines in a safe place out of the reach of children. Store the gel at room temperature, avoiding bright light and direct sunlight and avoiding heat. Do not store in the refrigerator. If your doctor decides that your child should stop using dihydrotestosterone, return the remaining gel to your pharmacist. Please do not throw it away.
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