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Testosterone replacement therapy is used to treat cases of testosterone deficiency in several disease conditions.
Testosterone replacement therapy is usually used to treat males who produce little or no testosterone, such as those with hypogonadism. A man is considered to have hypogonadism if the total serum testosterone level is less than 300 ng/dL in a morning sample. This lower limit may vary with age and is therefore usually an age- adjusted value.
Other possible indications include:
The replacement therapy may be in the form of injectable depots, transdermal patches, subcutaneous pellets, oral pills or gels. Adverse effects include acne, oily skin, sleep apnea, accelerated growth of prostate cancer and weight gain.
Testosterone can be administered via several routes including: