Gel Creates Sexual Side Effects In Children, Says FDA

May 9, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – The FDA has released a warning to all users of the testosterone gels AndroGel and Testim, after it was found that exposure in young children caused premature sexual development.

The gels are issued to men who have low reserves of testosterone, in an attempt to increase libido. Some women have been reported to have been prescribed it as well, though the FDA does not approve the use in female patients.

Because the gel is applied to various areas of the body, and because patients may not have washed their hands well enough after use, contact with children following exposure led to side effects after repeated use.

A number of children between the ages of 9-months and 5-years have had reported side effects, including growth of pubic hair, genital enlargement, development of libido, and violent behaviors. These side effects were found to be directly related to parents or guardians using the gel.

While most of the children were fine after a time, a few had to have surgery to correct the issue. Adults who use these products are urged to take care that they are not exposing women or children to either.


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