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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Testosterone
Answer: There can be several. Increased blood counts(leading to stroke), liver toxicity, change in hair distribution, smaller testicles etc. It would depend on whether you are low or are adding to existing testerone levels and the dosage of the testerone.
Answer: The testerone like drugs are usually used, but can be toxic. Discuss them with your md.
Answer: Treatment of testerone deficiency is fairly straight forward-putting back what one is short. There are two types, testicular failure and pituitary failure. Both are treated with testosterone of one variety or another. Growth hormone is not a part of this unless there is a growth hormone deficiency from an underactive pituitary gland.
Answer: Only if your serum level of testerone was low, easily checked. The gains you obtain using supplements would disappear after 1-2 months off the drug.
Answer: Testerone is a steroid and is generally an anabolic steroid, producing greater muscle strength and endurance. But, there is a potential cost. Moods may become more irritable and some patients experience uncontrollable outbreaks or violence episodes, occasionally depression. Breast formation and hair loss is common and is usually irreversible. Liver toxicity leading to liver failure (some would say a risk of liver cancer) is also present depending on dosage and other drugs. Once the testerone is stopped, the muscle growth and extra strength will go away , so the supplements must be continued to maintain its advantage. Occasional patients experience testicular atrophy and inability to get an erection. This usually abates with distcontinuation of the drug. In general, it can be a very toxic drug with only temporary benefits-not a drug that any physician would advocate for training which should give you pause.
Answer: Safe and shouldn't interfere with the birth control pills unless used in very large doses. Usually applied once, occasionally twice a day.
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