I was going through my mail earlier today when I stumbled upon a letter from Watson Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Androderm. If you'll remember my post from this past fall, Androderm was being manufactured & promoted in a smaller dose/strength, 2mg & 4mg patches vs 2.5mg & 5mg.
97% of hypogonadal users (34 out of 35) had total testosterone levels between 300ng/dL and 1,030ng/dL after using Androderm for a month.
That's like me claiming that 34 out of 35 failing students passed with a grade between D- and A after I tutored them. But shouldn't my goal be to tutor all of them to complete understanding of the subject material? So rather than focus on a grade or testosterone level, I like to focus on my patients' clinical well-being. Can they tell a difference now compared to prior to supplementing their testosterone? That's the goal (well that and no side effects from excessive levels, too). Just a thought the next time your doc tells you that your labs are normal. And how normal is normal?
By the way, remember than 1 out of 35? He failed (despite my best attempts). Nice, huh?