Consumer Medicine Information
Before administration of this medicine please read this leaflet carefully. If you have any questions or worries, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons
living in Australia. This page contains answers to some common
. It does
not contain all the information that is known about
. It does not take the
place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks
and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you using this medicine
against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you. If you have
any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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What Andriol Testocaps are used for
Andriol Testocaps are used to replace the body's natural sex hormone testosterone when not enough is made by the body.
In men testosterone is produced by the testicles. It is necessary for the normal growth, development and function of the male
sex organs and for secondary male sex characteristics. It is necessary for the growth of body hair, the development of bones
and muscles, and it stimulates the production of red blood cells. It also makes men's voices deepen. Preparations containing
testosterone are used to replace testosterone in a person who has low or no natural testosterone (a condition known as hypogonadism).
Because of problems with the pituitary or testis, the production of testosterone by the body decreases.
Men may suffer from complaints such as depression, loss of motivation or concentration, and loss of sexual desire. Andriol
Testocaps can relieve these complaints. It can also relieve these symptoms in men who have had their testis removed. Relief
of symptoms usually starts within a few days, but optimal results are obtained after weeks to months of treatment.
Before you use Andriol Testocaps
When you must not take it
Do not use Andriol Testocaps if
you have or have had a tumour of your prostate or breast, or are suspected to have one of these tumours.
you have or have had severe kidney disease
you are allergic to testosterone undecanoate or any of the ingredients listed under Product Description, at the end of this
Do not use Andriol Testocaps if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to take it
Andriol Testocaps may not be suitable for you if you suffer from certain medical conditions.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this medicine if you ever had, still have, or are suspected to have
(particularly if you are elderly):
heart disease, high blood pressure or blood vessel problems
Diabetes mellitus, Kidney disease
Kidney or lung cancer;
Breast cancer which has spread to the bones;
Psychiatric or emotional illness
Prostatic complaints, such as problems with passing urine.
any unusual or allergic reactions to androgens or anabolic steroids
Sleep apnoea (temporarily stopping breathing during your sleep), this may get worse if you are using testosterone-containing
products. Extra supervision by your doctor may be necessary in case you are overweight or suffer from chronic lung disease.
Tell your doctor if you are on a special diet, e.g. low salt, lower sugar and you are taking any other medicines.
Before taking Andriol Testocaps it is also important to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had too much cholesterol
or other fatty substances in the blood.
Tell your doctor if you have been treated with other sex hormones recently.
During long-term treatment with Andriol Testocaps regular medical checks, including prostate examination, are recommended.
Extra supervision by a doctor is necessary in the treatment of young boys.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other medicines - even those
not prescribed that you buy from your pharmacy, supermarket or healthfood shop.
Other medicines may influence the effects of Andriol Testocaps, or Andriol Testocaps may affect other medicines.
Therefore you must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking (or intend to take) other medicines such as:-
barbiturates, (medicines for epilepsy or sleeplessness)
Insulin and/or other medicines to control your blood sugar levels*
Medicines to reduce the clotting of your blood (anti-coagulants)*
* The use of androgens like Andriol Testocaps may lead to a reduction of the doses of these medicines.
Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using or about to use the hormone ACTH or corticosteroids (used to treat various
conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis, allergic conditions and asthma). The use of androgens like Andriol Testocaps may
increase the risk of water retention especially if your heart and liver are not working properly.
Andriol Testocaps may interfere with some laboratory tests (e.g for glucose tolerance, thyroid function and clotting factors).
Therefore you must tell your doctor or the laboratory staff performing the tests that you are using this medicine.
Andriol Testocaps are not intended for use in female patients. Therefore this medicine must not be taken by women who are
pregnant or think that they are pregnant, or by women who are breast-feeding.
In men, treatment with Andriol Testocaps can lead to fertility disorders by repressing sperm formation.
If you are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
This medicine contains Sunset Yellow which may cause allergic reactions.
If you are a patient who participates in competitions governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), then you should consult
the WADA-code before using this medicine as Andriol Testocaps can interfere with anti-doping testing.
The misuse of this medicine to enhance ability in sports carries serious health risks and is to be discouraged.
How to use Andriol Testocaps
Take Andriol Testocaps as directed by your doctor. You should also read the instructions on the label of your medicine. If
you are not sure how to take Andriol Testocaps, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
How and when to take it
Take capsules daily, as directed by your doctor. Andriol Testocaps are to be swallowed after the morning and evening meal.
Swallow the capsules with some water or other drink. Do not chew them. If you are taking an uneven number of capsules, the
larger dose should be taken in the morning.
Food allows testosterone undecanoate, the active substance of this medicine, to be taken up by your body. Therefore, Andriol
Testocaps must be taken with a meal.
If you have the impression that the effect of this medicine is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or nurse immediately.
Use in children and adolescents:
The safety and efficacy of this medicine have not been adequately determined in children and adolescents. Pre-pubertal children
using this medicine will be monitored by your doctor
If you forget to take it
If you forget to take a capsule, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember to take the dose until the next dose
is due, then just take one dose, do not double up.
If you take too much (overdose)
It is not a medical emergency if someone has taken several capsules at once. However, you should consult a doctor, or the
Australian Poisons Information Centre (telephone 131 126) or the New Zealand National Poisons Centre (telephone 0800 POISON
or 0800 764 766) if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Andriol Testocaps. Symptoms that may arise are nausea
and vomiting and oily bowel motions. The oily substance in the capsule may cause diarrhea.
If you stop taking Andriol Testocaps:
When treatment with this medicine is stopped, complaints such as those experienced before treatment may re-occur within a
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
While you are using Andriol Testocaps
Things you must do
Stop taking Andriol Testocaps if you develop jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).
Ability to drive or operate machinery.
As far as is known, this medicine has no influence on driving and using machines. If you are unsure of any of the aspects
of this product, please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.
Take special care with Andriol Testocaps
Treatment with male hormones like testosterone may increase the size of the prostate gland, especially in elderly men. Therefore
your doctor will examine your prostate gland at regular intervals by digital rectal examination (DRE) and blood tests for
prostate-specific antigen (PSA).
Additionally, at regular intervals, blood tests will be done to check the oxygen-carrying substance in your red blood cells
(hemoglobin). In very rare cases the number of red blood cells will increase too much leading to complications.
Medical checks may also be necessary in some other conditions.
If you have sleep apnea (temporarily stopping breathing during your sleep), this may get worse if you are using testosterone-containing
products. Let your doctor know if you are worried about this. Extra supervision by your doctor may be necessary in case you
are overweight or suffer from chronic lung disease.
Children and adolescents
The safety and efficacy of this medicine has not been adequately determined in children and adolescents.
Extra supervision by your doctor is necessary in the treatment of children and adolescents since testosterone administration
in general may cause early sexual development and limits growth.
Andriol Testocaps are generally well tolerated.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you.
In general side effects which are reported with testosterone therapy include:
stomach or bowel complaints: oily bowel motions, abdominal or stomach pain, black, tarry or light coloured stools or dark
coloured urine, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea
acne, itching (pruritus) skin irritation: pimply spotty rash, hives
sleeplessness, chills, generalised tingling, unusual tiredness
headache, anxiety, mental depression, excitation, confusion, dizziness, nervousness, mood alterations
muscle pain (myalgia)
prolonged abnormal, painful irreversible erection, inflamed testis, bladder irritability
sexual dysfunction, changes in sexual desire, disturbed sperm formation
prostatic growth to a size representative for the concerned age group
high blood pressure (hypertension)
blood disorders, Increase in the number of red blood cells (the cells which carry the oxygen in your blood),
increased levels of a blood marker which is associated with prostate cancer (PSA increased)
changes in cholesterol levels (changes in lipid metabolism)
shortness of breath
fluid retention in the tissues, usually marked by swelling of ankles, feet or lower legs (oedema)
increased growth of a small prostate cancer which had not been detected yet (progression of a sub-clinical prostatic cancer)
changes in liver function tests
These symptoms usually go away when treatment is stopped for a short while. Your doctor will then probably advise you to start
at a lower dosage.
In a few patients diarrhoea and stomach pain or discomfort have been reported during the use of this medicine.
Children and adolescents:
The following side effects have been reported in pre-pubertal children using androgens:
early sexual development;
an increased frequency of erections;
growth limitation (limited body height)
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is
making you feel unwell.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
After Using Andriol Testocaps
Store Andriol Testocaps below 30°C. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Store in the original package and keep the blister in the
outer carton in order to protect from light.
Keep this medicine out of reach and sight of children
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date stated on the carton or label after the term "exp." (expiry date). The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What it looks like
Andriol Testocaps packs are available in 3, 6# or 12 sachets, each containing a blister pack with 10 capsules. Andriol Testocaps
capsules are soft oval, glossy, transparent orange coloured capsules with DV3 ORG printed in white. They contain a yellow
# commercially available pack.
Each Andriol Testocap capsule consists of 40 mg of testosterone undecanoate (equivalent to 25.3 mg testosterone) in castor
oil and propylene glycol monolaurate. The capsule shells contain the following inactive ingredients: gelatin, glycerol, medium
chain triglycerides, lecithin, sunset yellow FCF CI15985 and printed with Opacode WB monogramming ink (ARTG proprietary ingredient
If you have any further questions or require the full prescribing information for this medicine, please consult your doctor
Andriol Testocaps is supplied:
In Australia by:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited
54-68 Ferndell Street
South Granville NSW 2142
In New Zealand by:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (New Zealand) Ltd
PO Box 99 851
Australian Registration Number:
AUST R 92904
This leaflet was prepared May 2013.
The information supplied relates only to Andriol Testocaps and should not be used in relation to any other product, which
may also contain the same active ingredients.