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If you have low testosterone levels, your healthcare provider may recommend using the testosterone buccal tablet. This tablet is different from the type of pill that you swallow. It is attached to the gums, so testosterone can be directly absorbed through the cheeks and gums into the bloodstream. Side effects may include gum pain and bitter taste; however, most people tolerate it well.

What Is the Testosterone Buccal Tablet?

The testosterone buccal tablet (Striant™) is a prescription medication approved to treat low testosterone levels in adult men due to various causes. It comes in a uniquely designed tablet that adheres to the cheeks or gums in the mouth (such tablets are known as "buccal tablets"). Testosterone is gradually absorbed directly through the cheeks or gums.
As an anabolic steroid, the testosterone buccal tablet is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance in the United States. This means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
(Click What Is the Testosterone Buccal Tablet Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, the testosterone buccal tablet can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects seen with the testosterone buccal tablet include but are not limited to:
  • Gum irritation
  • Bitter taste
  • Gum pain
  • Gum tenderness.
(Click Side Effects of Testosterone Buccal Tablet to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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