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Andractim 2.5% gel
This information sheet explains what andractim
2.5% gel is, how it is used and some of the
possible side effects. Each person reacts
differently to medicines, so your child will not
necessarily suffer every side effect mentioned. If
you have any questions or concerns, please ask
your doctor, nurse or pharmacist or telephone one
of the contact numbers on this information sheet.
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust: Information for
What is andractim?
Andractim 2.5% gel is a synthetic version
of a hormone called testosterone. It
is prescribed in gel form at 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
How is it used?
Andractim 2.5% gel is for external use
only. 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.
Put on a pair of gloves
Squeeze the required amount of
gel onto the spatula included in the
Spread over the affected area evenly
Leave for five minutes
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.
This information sheet should be read in conjunction
with any information provided by the manufacturer.
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© GOSH NHS Trust November 2008
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?
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
∎ Weight gain
∎ Extra hair growth
∎ Oily skin
Andractim 2.5% gel
and other medicines
Andractim 2.5% gel is applied externally so
should not react with any other medicines.
∎ 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
∎ If the doctor decides that your child
should stop using andractim, return any
remaining gel to your pharmacist. Do
not throw away.
Compiled by the Pharmacy department in collaboration with the Child and
Family Information Group
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
Great Ormond Street
London WC1N 3JH
020 7405 9200
Endocrinology Clinical Nurse Specialists: 020 7813 8214
020 7829 8680
Pharmacy medicines information:
020 7829 8608
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