What is Testosterone USP 1% Topical Gel?
Cernos® medicated gel contains testosterone 1%. It is used for hormone replacement in men who are not able to produce enough testosterone (for example, due to hypogonadism). This medication is absorbed through the skin, enters your bloodstream, and helps your body reach normal testosterone levels. Testosterone helps the body to develop and maintain male sexual characteristics (masculinity), such as a deep voice and body hair. It also helps to maintain muscle and prevent bone loss and is necessary for natural sexual ability/desire. This drug should not be used by women.
Cernos® medicated gel used in the treatment of male hypogonadism caused due to low testosterone levels. It is only prescribed to men with known medical conditions. It helps in restoring the level of testosterone in the male body. Cernos® medicated gel is for external use only. It should be applied on arms and shoulder once a day, preferably at the same time every day. It should be used as your doctor’s advice. You should use this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you. Do not use the gel too often and avoid applying it over the genital area.
The most common side effects of this medicine include acne and application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching, and redness). If these bother you or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them. Some side effects may mean you should stop taking this medicine shortness of breath, frequent or persistent erections, and low sperm count. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. Your doctor might perform regular blood tests to keep track of testosterone, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
Misuse or abuse of testosterone can cause serious side effects such as heart disease (including heart attack), stroke, liver disease, mental/mood problems, abnormal drug-seeking behavior, or improper bone growth (in adolescents). Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. When testosterone is misused or abused, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, irritability, tiredness) when you suddenly stop using the drug. These symptoms may last from weeks to months. This medication is flammable until dry. Let the gel dry before smoking or going near an open flame.