- 10-08-2012, 11:13 PM
To make a long story short I was put on trt (androderm- 2 patches a day) almost seven years ago by my pcp after numerous blood test showinglow test levels. Now last month my insurance company has decided that they will not pay for the androderm anymore. They will cover androgel or shots. I told my doc that I did not really want to try the cream for various reason and that I prefer to just do the shots. That is when he tells me that he would do that but his standard prescription for that is one shot every three weeks. This just does not sound right to me. Is anyone else on this type of schedule and or do you think it is time for me to find a different doc?
- 10-09-2012, 03:31 AM
Definitely time for a different doc, or get ready for a battle for proper treatment. Anyone here will tell you that. Most MD's will staunchly stick to a 2-3 week interval for injections even though this is long outdated and shown to cause a whole bag of terrible side effects. It took a few appointments of me bringing pubmed articles and personal accounts in support of a shorter interval of 1-2 shots a week before my endo finally gave in to letting me inject 100mg once a week. I've felt 100x better since switching to this from 200mg every 3 weeks. Its worth it to find a doc who's willing to work with you.My parents created my body, in which I create my mind. I will honor them, by developing both to their utmost potential.
10-09-2012, 07:34 AM
Try and find a good endo. Every 2-3 weeks would be awful. Multiple injections per week is ideal. Levels stay much more stable and you avoid the peaks and troughs of bi-weekly injections. My endo let's me inject twice/week.
10-09-2012, 08:05 AM
I inject 3 times a week 30, 30, and 40. Works great, I feel awesome! Much better than twice a week at 50, 50.
10-09-2012, 07:27 PM
Thanks guys for the advice. I am in the process now of trying to find a knowledgeable doctor right now.
10-16-2012, 05:28 PM
Hey guys. Just got prescribed androderm patch to try for 30 days after getting 290 test reading (I am 24!) I am currently taking licogenix and ergotest and wonder if I shoul cease these things while taking the patch... My numbers dropped while on various supplements Over the past 4 years... I'm willing to try anything to regain my youth and start building muscle safely ... Any advice and input is greatly appreciated.. I am a big fan of erase , I'm assuming that would be ok to use in conjunction w the patch?
10-16-2012, 10:11 PM
My doctor is great, and even he believes that standard protocol is every 2 weeks. He lets me self inject, so it's not a concern, but I argued with him last time because he asked if I had thought if maybe I could try every 10-12 days. I was like, "why would I ever do that?" It is completely ridiculous in this day and age that this is even a suggestion. Once every 7 days minimum for steadiness. Some like multiple times- even better yet.
10-17-2012, 10:11 AM
I just started injecting 100mg/2xweek instead of 200mg/week, and I have noticed a BIG difference, no up or down, no anxiety. I am thinking this is helping E2 control as well. Going in for BW next week, we will see what the results are.
10-17-2012, 12:53 PM
10-17-2012, 03:00 PM
I am not a medical Dr, please keep in mind that this answer is for information purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace sound medical advice from your physician or health care provider.
10-18-2012, 09:42 AM
10-18-2012, 11:29 AM
Thanks for the info. Did u get something else in place of it? Any fertility issues?Originally Posted by bigt405
10-18-2012, 12:23 PM
In the process of locating a more knowledgeable doctor, but for now just getting one shot every three weeks. Got an appointment next with a new doctor.
10-18-2012, 12:24 PM
10-18-2012, 12:48 PM
10-18-2012, 02:40 PM
Good luck and hang in there. I don't want to say you are in for a bummer of a ride with that schedule- but you are in for a bummer of a ride.
10-18-2012, 03:50 PM
10-18-2012, 03:52 PM
Try to talk your doc into letting you self inject, and then order extra pins on the internet. Split your dose up and pin at least once a week.
10-18-2012, 10:37 PM
Does anyone know if I can put my androderm patch over a tattoo? I have to rotate sites and wanna use my upper arms but they have tats..
10-19-2012, 10:44 AM
Don't know about the tattoo thing but as far as changing the locations I did that at first, but found that just moving it around a few inches on my outer thigh worked best for me.
10-19-2012, 11:30 AM
Ah alright, bc with working out and running it's hard to find anspot that it wont potentially get abused.. My stomach seems to be the safestOriginally Posted by bigt405
10-20-2012, 02:37 PM
Quick q: after initially feeling amazing the first 4-5 days, I'm slowly starting to lose the swagger and mojo so to speak that I had regained upon starting.. Also noticing sleep quality returning to the poor side and more body aches returnjng... Is this normal, would this mean that I am leveling out and will need a higher dose soon? Also noticing libido and erection frequency decreasing ...
10-20-2012, 02:56 PM
Didn't I read in a previous post you were taking a prolactin inhibitor? I took cabergoline for a few months and felt great, but after that I started getting the sore/stiff joints again, low sex drive etc. I quit the cabergoline and everything returned to normal.Originally Posted by chedapalooza
10-20-2012, 03:04 PM
No, I'm not bc my levels last week were perfectly normal. So no need ATM.. I'm taking licogenix and bulbine to help keep any estrogen at bay.. (I was on them prior to starting the patch last week).. Just strange that the first few days were awesome and now I feel noticeably less well..Originally Posted by lexmuscle
10-25-2012, 09:52 PM
As an update I went to my new doctor today and I am pleased with the results. We discussed different options, gave some blood, recieved a shot and scheduled a return visit in two weeks. He is leaning towards weekly shots with me doing them myself. So it looks like I might have found a good one.
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