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Stopped Androgel As of Today.. Advice on Adjusting?
« on: November 19, 2015, 12:52:01 pm »
so i'm stopping androgel after being on it for the past year.. roughly last October (10/2014) until now.
I was on the 1.62%, I believe, and 3 pumps a day (have been at that for the past 6 months) of 25.20mg Tgel (or 20.25, I forget)
anyway, i'm 29 and my doc seems to agree that the anti-psychotic meds I was on all of last year (Depakote, invega) may have
caused my testosterone to drop. Anyway, I have been off all meds since last December (12/2014) until now
i'm hoping that there is nothing causing my T to be low. This is where stopping androgel to test this theory is raising concern.
if I need the TRT and my numbers don't climb, i'm damning myself to face the effects of low T. My numbers went from roughly
180 last year in August (08/2014) to roughly 700 at my last apt last month (10/2015). Today is my first day off
the Androgel after slowly tapering off for the past month (being at 2/3 for the first two weeks then finally 1/3 for the past two weeks now none for the next 4 weeks until I get tested again).
my question is, while I go through the decline in T, is there anything I can do to alleviate the symptoms that are all too common with low T? what can I do to help myself adjust? I think I may ride this out a few months to see if my numbers don't climb. any and all perspectives, advice, questions, concerns, and comments will appreciated.. Thanks
*also, I dropped from 197lbs at the start of TRT to 168lbs today at 5'11". the drop in weight could be due to getting off the
medications, since I gained that much while on the medications

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Re: Stopped Androgel As of Today.. Advice on Adjusting?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2015, 04:04:01 pm »
so i'm stopping androgel after being on it for the past year.. roughly last October (10/2014) until now.
I was on the 1.62%, I believe, and 3 pumps a day (have been at that for the past 6 months) of 25.20mg Tgel (or 20.25, I forget)
anyway, i'm 29 and my doc seems to agree that the anti-psychotic meds I was on all of last year (Depakote, invega) may have
caused my testosterone to drop. Anyway, I have been off all meds since last December (12/2014) until now
i'm hoping that there is nothing causing my T to be low. This is where stopping androgel to test this theory is raising concern.
if I need the TRT and my numbers don't climb, i'm damning myself to face the effects of low T. My numbers went from roughly
180 last year in August (08/2014) to roughly 700 at my last apt last month (10/2015). Today is my first day off
the Androgel after slowly tapering off for the past month (being at 2/3 for the first two weeks then finally 1/3 for the past two weeks now none for the next 4 weeks until I get tested again).
my question is, while I go through the decline in T, is there anything I can do to alleviate the symptoms that are all too common with low T? what can I do to help myself adjust? I think I may ride this out a few months to see if my numbers don't climb. any and all perspectives, advice, questions, concerns, and comments will appreciated.. Thanks
*also, I dropped from 197lbs at the start of TRT to 168lbs today at 5'11". the drop in weight could be due to getting off the
medications, since I gained that much while on the medications

Your doc could put you on some HCG or Clomid to help get things fired back up.  Clomid may be a little risky for you based on your history as some guys it makes moody and can give headaches, lower mood, etc.  But a month or two on low dose Clomid might get your system back in shape much more quickly with minimals sides.  Have you asked your doc about that?
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And check out my New Peak Testosterone Program: http://www.peaktestosterone.com/peak_testosterone_program
If you are on medications or have a medical condition, always check with your doctor first before making any lifestyle changes or taking new supplements.  And low testosterone is a medical condition.

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Re: Stopped Androgel As of Today.. Advice on Adjusting?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2015, 04:04:01 pm »


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Re: Stopped Androgel As of Today.. Advice on Adjusting?
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2015, 12:42:03 pm »
I'm going to see my doc on Jan fourth. This will be after one month off of AndroGel and a week to get my labs processed. This is of course after weaning off, going for two weeks at 2/3 followed by another two weeks of 1/3 of normal amount used.
I've been completely off Androgel for a week now. I worry that the worst is yet to come. I also worry that my body won't adjust and produce T on its own ("normal" amounts).
Ill talk to my doc about the clomid and hcg when I see him. But, won't these things just interfere in the cycle of my body's regulatory processes?
Thanks for the help..

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Re: Stopped Androgel As of Today.. Advice on Adjusting?
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2015, 01:58:09 pm »
I'm going to see my doc on Jan fourth. This will be after one month off of AndroGel and a week to get my labs processed. This is of course after weaning off, going for two weeks at 2/3 followed by another two weeks of 1/3 of normal amount used.
I've been completely off Androgel for a week now. I worry that the worst is yet to come. I also worry that my body won't adjust and produce T on its own ("normal" amounts).
Ill talk to my doc about the clomid and hcg when I see him. But, won't these things just interfere in the cycle of my body's regulatory processes?
Thanks for the help..

Where I was headed was that you could possibly get a restart.  It doesn't happen very often but you never know:

http://www.peaktestosterone.com/testosterone_restart

We have some threads on it as well, so check out the ol' search above if you are int'd.
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE BOOK ON TRT/TESTOSTERONE:
https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Versus-Testosterone-Therapy-Myer/dp/1523210532/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499116128&sr=8-1&keywords=natural+versus+testosterone+therapy
And check out my New Peak Testosterone Program: http://www.peaktestosterone.com/peak_testosterone_program
If you are on medications or have a medical condition, always check with your doctor first before making any lifestyle changes or taking new supplements.  And low testosterone is a medical condition.

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Re: Stopped Androgel As of Today.. Advice on Adjusting?
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2015, 01:58:09 pm »