As a male ages, various changes occur at a chemical level. The brain's pituitary gland commands the testicles to produce less testosterone. The change in this hormone level can cause a loss of hair, prolonged lethargic periods, and a low sex drive. Use of a testosterone patch may help to combat these changes. There are several kinds of patches available, each with their own dosage and application method. Testosterone patches can only be obtained with a prescription written by an accredited medical professional.
Speak with your family doctor to find out if your symptoms are indicative of a testosterone imbalance. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a testosterone patch treatment or refer you to a specialist for additional assistance.
Locate an endocrinologist or a urologist using the network provided by your insurance company or in the "Resources" section of this webpage. Describe your symptoms in their entirety so that the doctor can assess whether a hormone treatment is appropriate.
Take the prescription to your local pharmacy. Testosterone patches are a less popular medication and may be out of stock at your pharmacy; if so, you may have to wait several days for delivery. Call ahead to make sure your medication is in stock.
Use testosterone patches only as indicated or prescribed by a doctor. Contact your doctor if you experience any side effects. Itching or irritation or discomfort at site of application may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the patch.