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Andractim 2.5% gel

Andractim 2.5% gel is a synthetic version of a hormone called testosterone. It is prescribed in gel form at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for children with hormone deficiencies.    

Andractim is not available in the UK so has to be imported from abroad.

It works by correcting the hormone deficiency, either in a particular part of the body or affecting the body as a whole.

How is andractim 2.5% gel used?

Andractim 2.5% gel is for external use only. Please follow the directions on the packaging. It should be spread over the affected area of skin after washing. The gel should be left to dry for five minutes or so before putting on clothes.

  1. Put on a pair of gloves.
  2. Squeeze the required amount of gel onto the spatula included in the package.
  3. Spread over the affected area evenly.
  4. Leave for five minutes.
  5. Wash spatula and gloves in warm soapy water ready for the next dose.

Note: Andractim 2.5% gel should not be applied to any broken areas of skin.

Who should not use andractim 2.5% gel?

People who are hypersensitive to andractim 2.5% gel or its ingredients should discuss using this medicine with their doctor.

What are the side effects of andractim 2.5% gel?

The following side effects are rare and are usually due to the dose of androgen being too high, so will disappear when the dosage is reduced.

  • mood swings and irritability
  • excessive energy or signs of being hyperactive
  • weight gain
  • extra hair growth
  • hoarseness
  • oily skin
  • acne

Andractim 2.5% gel and other medicines

Andractim 2.5% gel is applied externally so should not react with any other medicines.

Important information you should know:

  • As this is a specialist treatment, GOSH or your local hospital will supply your child’s medicine. You will need to phone, as arranged, at least ten days before your supply runs out.
  • Keep medicines in a safe place where children cannot reach them.
  • Keep the gel at room temperature, away from bright light or direct sunlight and away from heat. Do not store in the fridge.
  • If the doctor decides that your child should stop using andractim, return any remaining gel to your pharmacist. Do not throw away.

More information

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) switchboard: 020 7405 9200

  • Pharmacy department: 020 7829 8680

  • Pharmacy medicines information: 020 7829 8608

Last reviewed by Great Ormond Street Hospital: April 2012

Ref: 2012F0390 April 2012

Compiled by the Pharmacy department in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group

Please read this information in conjunction with any patient information leaflet provided by the manufacturer. However, please note that this information explains about the use of medicines in children and young people so may differ from the manufacturer’s information.

Each person reacts differently to medicines so your child will not necessarily suffer every side effect mentioned. This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.