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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using the testosterone buccal tablet if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Testosterone Buccal Tablet to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)

How Does the Testosterone Buccal Tablet Work?

The testosterone buccal tablet contains the hormone testosterone in a special buccal tablet that is applied to the gums twice a day. The tablet slowly releases testosterone that is directly absorbed through the cheeks and gums into the bloodstream. Testosterone buccal tablet helps increase testosterone to a normal level.
Testosterone buccal tablet is not swallowed because it would have little effect on testosterone levels if taken in this manner. When medications are taken by mouth, they must first pass through the liver before they reach the bloodstream. The liver metabolizes testosterone extensively before it has a chance to reach the bloodstream, and significant blood levels of the medication cannot be achieved.
However, when testosterone is absorbed through the cheeks and gums, it bypasses the liver, allowing significant amounts of the hormone to reach the bloodstream.
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