A decreased testosterone level is a common medical problem affecting over 20 million American men. Symptoms of low testosterone include lethargy, decrease in sex drive, erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, decrease in bone mineral density, and even changes in mood and depression. Unfortunately, only two million men are currently receiving treatment for low testosterone.
Recently the only treatment options include testosterone injections, use of topical gels containing testosterone, and the insertion of testosterone pellets about the size of a grain of rice beneath the skin.
In the past, oral testosterone was not possible because of toxicity of oral testosterone on the liver. The new oral medication, Lipocine (testosterone undeconate) has a unique delivery system that avoids exposure of the drug to the liver.
Lipocine is taken two times a day. The drug actually duplicates the normal daily morning elevation of testosterone in the blood stream. The drug is best absorbed into the blood stream when taken with food.
The most common dosage is 75mg twice a day but can be increased to 300 mg a day depending on symptoms and the testosterone level in the blood stream after using the medication for several weeks.
The side effects of Lipocine is acne which occurs in less than 3% of men using the drug. Also the drug is occasionally associated with an increase in red blood cells which is easily managed by adjusting the dosage or by donating blood at a nearby blood bank every couple of months.
Bottom Line: Low testosterone is a common problem that impacts millions of American men…and their partners. Help is available. Now a new oral formulation can be given as a daily oral pill that improves the testosterone level and more importantly decrease the symptoms associated with low testosterone.