Transdermal delivery of testosterone - Abstract

Male hypogonadism has been treated with exogenous testosterone since the 1930s.

The early transdermal patches of testosterone became available in the 1980s with gel and solution preparations following subsequent decades. This review focusses on the skin permeation characteristics of testosterone, pharmacokinetics following application of transdermal formulations and formulations currently available. At present, gels dominate the market for transdermal testosterone replacement therapy, presumably because of their greater patient acceptability and non-occlusive nature compared with patches. However, specific incidences of secondary transfer of gels to children with consequent unwanted effects such as precocious puberty have been reported. A regulatory review of all testosterone replacement therapies is currently underway which may have implications for future prescribing practices of transdermal testosterone products.

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Hadgraft J, Lane ME.   Are you the author?
Department of Pharmaceutics, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, United Kingdom.  

Reference: Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2015 Feb 20. pii: S0939-6411(15)00097-1.
doi: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2015.02.015

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 25709060 Androgen Deficiency Section