Which medications in the drug class Androgens are used in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction?

Updated: Aug 08, 2018
  • Author: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Androgens

Androgens are primarily of benefit in men with low levels of serum testosterone (hypogonadism). Men with hypogonadism who desire a restoration of libido and who wish to become sexually active usually benefit from exogenous supplementation of androgens. This can be accomplished with injections, cutaneous application via gel or skin patches, or oral administration.

Testosterone (AndroGel, Axiron, Depo-Testosterone, Testopel, Testim, Androderm, Striant, Fortesta, Natesto, Aveed)

Testosterone promotes and maintains secondary sex characteristics in androgen-deficient males. Depot injections can produce high levels of serum testosterone when administered in adequate doses. Because of its adverse effects, the use of testosterone replacement therapy is limited to men with testosterone levels less than 300 ng/dL.


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