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
•extra hair growth
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