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Andriol (testosterone undecanoate) is a testosterone supplement typically prescribed to men between 18 and 65 who are experiencing symptoms of testosterone deficiency.
Though it's been on the market for several decades, Andriol remains a relatively unique testosterone replacement both in that it's taken orally, rather than injected or applied topically, and in that the active ingredient is suspended in oil. Prior to Andriol, orally administered testosterone, though convenient, tended to produce liver problems. Andriol's effects are also generally milder than topical creams.
Why It's Prescribed
In the vast majority of cases this medication is given to adult men who aren't producing sufficient testosterone naturally. The reasons for declining testosterone levels vary greatly, but the symptoms do not:
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Changing voice pitch
- Loss of bone or lean body mass
- Unexplained weight gain
- Decrease in height
- Diminished sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue, reduced endurance
- Unusual mood swings
In short, testosterone is responsible for development and maintenance of male characteristics. Critically low testosterone not only produces physical problems, but is often devastating to a man's self-image as well.
Andriol is among the safest testosterone replacement therapies available, gently boosting levels of the hormone so the body can function normally until the underlying cause of the deficiency is found and addressed.Dosage & Treatment
In pill form this medication comes in 40 mg capsules. Generally treatment begins with 3 to 4 capsules each day, tapered off to 1 to 3 capsules daily after several weeks. Each daily dose should be split as evenly as possible between morning and evening.
Treatment duration may last weeks to years depending on individual circumstances.
Andriol should always be taken with food to ensure proper absorption.
In very unusual circumstances testosterone may be prescribed to women, and the milder impact of Andriol makes it an ideal choice. These situations are so uncommon that it's impossible to generalize treatment; doctor's instructions should be followed explicitly.
Erectile dysfunction and/or decreased sex drive is a common reason for men to seek testosterone replacement therapy. If the condition is caused by testosterone deficiency, replacement therapy will help -- but it will take some time, days to several weeks depending on the individual, for the body to adjust to new levels and begin functioning properly once more. Warnings & Side Effects
Any product containing testosterone should be handled with extreme care around children and pregnant women -- even very small amounts can be harmful to still-growing bodies. That said, Andriol is among the safer testosterone therapies in this regard; the capsule will not leave traces of easily-absorbed medication on surfaces as liquid and cream versions are prone to do.
This product is known to interact with certain other medications, and even herbal supplements, most commonly:
- St. John's Wort
Andriol shares the same side-effects as any testosterone supplement, though in some cases, such as liver damage, the effects are typically less severe.
Serious side effects, which warrant a physician visit, include:
- Liver issues (yellow skin or eyes, vomiting blood, severe nausea)
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive bleeding
- Unusually dark stools or urine
- Prolonged or painful erections
Milder side effects include headache, high blood pressure, nausea, acne, painful breast area, difficulty sleeping and increased feelings of aggression. In many cases these symptoms dissipate as the body adjusts to its new hormonal balance.
Prolonged use of testosterone may result in lower sperm counts. Ingredients:
Active ingredient: testosterone undecanoate
Inactive ingredients: Castor oil, propylene glycol monolaurate, gelatin, glycerin, Sunset Yellow (E110, FD&C Yellow no. 6).
Note this product contains Sunset Yellow, known to cause allergic reactions in some individuals.