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If you are a man with low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, or other symptoms of low testosterone, your healthcare provider may have you try a product called testosterone buccal tablets. These tablets are specially designed to be attached to the gums, where they can release the hormone directly into the bloodstream. Using testosterone buccal tablets in children is not recommended, as it could lead to bone problems.

An Overview of Uses for the Testosterone Buccal Tablet

The testosterone buccal tablet (Striant™) is a prescription testosterone replacement medication. It is approved for treating certain causes of low testosterone in men. It comes in the form of a special tablet that is applied to the gums twice a day.
 
There are several different causes of low testosterone in men. Testosterone is produced when the testes are stimulated by certain hormone signals from glands in the brain. Low testosterone can occur if the testes are damaged, absent, or otherwise incapable of producing enough testosterone or if the brainstem cannot produce enough hormone signals to stimulate testosterone production in the testicles.
 
Although sometimes there is a clear, identifiable cause, such as chemotherapy damage or surgical removal of the testicles, sometimes there is no clear reason for the low testosterone.
 
The testosterone buccal tablet can treat either type of low testosterone -- whether the problem lies in the testes or the brain -- because it does not rely on either the testes or the brain to increase testosterone levels.
 
Common symptoms of low testosterone include:
 
  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Problems with erectile function
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass
  • Depression.
     
Of course, a man could have all these symptoms and still have normal testosterone levels, since most of these symptoms are relatively common. The only real way to diagnose low testosterone is by actually measuring testosterone levels in the blood.
 
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