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Onxidrin and adrogel
Feb 28, 2003

Hi I am on an Hiv combo (viramune/viread/combivir) now and also on diabetic medications (avandia/glucophage). I have been using adrogel for over 5 years now and now I have added oxandrin in order to gain more weight. The doctor said I should do oxandrin for 3 months and then stop. I also asked him if I could stop adrogel at the same time. He said adrogel should be discontinued slowly. My question is would my body be able go back to normal if I stop androgel? When should I test my self again for my testosterone levels? tha

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

Topical testosterone (such as androgel) and oral anabolic testosterone analogues (such as oxandrin) are generally given for different circumstances. Topical testosterone is recommended to provide testosterone replacement at a "physiologic level," the level it would be expected for your body to have if it were making its own. Oral anabolic medications are generally given to enhance weight and body composition and don't replace the testosterone your body might normally make.

Cycling is recommended to allow your body to maintain the ability to produce your own hormones. By going off both at the same time without close supervision you can experience some of the "withdrawal" symptoms of depression and weight loss.

In some cases there are alternate cycles planned... while you are on one, you are off the other. The only problem with this plan is that you may be using the testosterone gel to replace what your body is no longer making. If that is the case you are more likely to be kept on the testosterone replacement therapy indefinitely while using the oral anabolic to shore up weight and body composition when it is needed.


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