Substitution therapy of hypogonadal men with transdermal testosterone over one year

in European Journal of Endocrinology
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Abstract. Current testosterone substitution therapy either by injectable or oral testosterone esters suffers from markedly fluctuating serum testosterone levels often far above or below the physiological range. Recently, a transdermal therapeutic system (TTS) for the delivery of testosterone was developed which, when applied to the scrotum, provides smooth serum testosterone levels. Here we report results from seven hypogonadal men treated with the TTS for 14 months by applying a new patch every day. In all patients serum testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) determined 3–5 h after applying a new patch increased significantly and remained within the physiological range during the entire treatment period. The DHT/testosterone ratio remained constant. In 4 of these patients and 2 others under TTS treatment serum testosterone and DHT were also determined over a 24-h period at regular intervals. In these patients serum testosterone levels in the physiological range were seen during the entire observation period, whereas an increase in the DHT/testosterone ratio occurred towards the end of the one-day treatment phase. All patients in the 14-month treatment study were clinically well substituted and responded with good compliance. Clinical chemistry showed no abnormalities during treatment. Thus, the TTS appears to be an effective and safe new modality for the treatment of male hypogonadism.

 

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