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Testosterone Gels Risky to Children

FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning for AndroGel 1% and Testim 1% After Reports of Kids Affected by Adults' Use

Safety Precautions

The FDA recommends taking the following precautions to minimize the potential for secondary exposure to AndroGel 1% or Testim 1%:

  • Adults who use testosterone gels should wash their hands with soap and warm water after every application.
  • Adults should cover the application site with clothing once the gel has dried.
  • Adults should wash the application site thoroughly with soap and warm water prior to any situation where skin-to-skin contact with another person is anticipated.
  • Children and women should avoid contact with testosterone application sites on the skin of men who use these products.
  • Avoid any similar, but unapproved, products from the marketplace (including the Internet).

If a child develops inappropriate male sex characteristics or is exposed to testosterone gel, the FDA recommends contacting the child's doctor.

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