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Androgel 1.62

I recently started using adrogel 1.62. The DR. did not say anything about what this does to my my estrogen levels. i am hoping someone can give me some insight sight about this. i am very new to all of this,so the more info i can find the better. Thank you.

Should be about 4-6 pumps a day. I would rotate sites as I have seen people numbers double when this is done. You should be monitored about 10 days not 8 weeks after you begin to see where plasma levels are on just gel. If your Dr is not checking for e2 he is not a TRT specialist and might be a good idea with find new Dr.

I have DRs around the united states who I have worked with who specialize in this area. The area you are in there are not really any good specialist in that area. I know body logic is popular, but not a big fan of them…

[quote]budboyii wrote:
I recently started using adrogel 1.62. The DR. did not say anything about what this does to my my estrogen levels. i am hoping someone can give me some insight sight about this. i am very new to all of this,so the more info i can find the better. Thank you.[/quote]

Like budboyii, I too just started using Androgel 1.62%. I started two days ago, I take 2-pumps a day in the morning.
My GP doctor also did not mention anything to me about estrogen levels and was told to return in 8-weeks to test my levels, but I am going to make an appointment to get my levels checked in about 10-14 days.
I live\work in the Burbank area (91505), would you know of any good Doctors around this area?

Thanks to those who have commented on Androgel 1.62. It is helpful background.

I’ve been using Androgel 1% since 2001, and have found it to work well. So I was interested in what was the benefit to a patient of the 1.62. All the advertising says is that you used less gel.

Recently I saw my urologist. Before he came in, the nurse asked me if I was interested in Androgel 1.62. I said I didn’t know, what were the benefits of the new formulation? She didn’t say anything at first, so I asked if it might have to do with extending the company’s patent protection. She didn’t say any more, and when my doctor came in, he didn’t say anything about it either.

So I started looking on the Internet, and at least from what I can see, it is all about money, for the current maker Abbott (formerly Solvay).

First, was the “pay to delay” arrangement which Solvay entered-into with generic drug manufacturers who were ready to produce a generic Androgel replacement as soon as the original patent ran out, at a much lower price. Solvay paid them part of the Androgel profits to stay off the market. The FTC challenged it, but a court upheld Solvay’s contract.

http://www.fdalawblog.net/fda_law_blog_hyman_phelps/2012/04/e.html

So this keeps those generics off the market until 2014. But then what? In my opinion, the “what” is “Androgel 1.62%.” That is because Solvay/Abbott now has a new patent application for Androgel 1.62%, that if granted will give them up to another 20 years of patent protection.

http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20120028948

So from my perspective, since Androgel 1% is working fine for me, I intend to continue to use it so that when the “pay to delay” contracts run out in 2014, I’ll be able to buy 1% a lot cheaper than it is now.

Does anyone know of any other reason that I’m missing to switch to 1.62%?

Terry