Topical forms of T in Australia

16 Apr

I recently answered a voicemail message from someone seeking information about topical forms of T available in Australia – in particular what info to give to their pharmacist who doesn’t seem to have a clue.

So with some searching and asking I received the following info that I have been given permission to share:

The three topical forms of T available in Australia are Testogel (comes in sachets, included in the PBS; messy and I found it didn’t absorb so well), Axiron (roller applied underarm – new last year on PBS, haven’t tried it) and then AndroForte/AndroFemme, available from http://www.lawleydirect.com.au (cream, seems to absorb pretty well).

The first two should be available everywhere even if the pharmacist has to order it (see http://www.pbs.gov.au/medicine/item/8830R and http://www.pbs.gov.au/medicine/item/2341F), whereas AndroForte is only available in Western Australia but they ship it (I’ve been doing this and it’s worked fine). If it’s not possible to get T on Medicare due to gender marker issues, then AndroForte may be significantly cheaper on a per dose basis.

* I don’t use topical cream personally, so the comments are not mine.

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