Got my scrip for Androgel with a FREE one month coupon... Yeah, great... Got my first month and works well... went to get second month $190!!!!!!!!!! Thats WITH my insurance... (HMO, and they dont really pay anything, just get the best rate) What a rip off... $6/day for a few pennies of test...
Even if your insurance company doesn't pay for test cyp, whihc nealry all do, it shou still cost only aboyut $100 for a bottle. At the average of 100mg per week, that comes to about $5 per. Of ocurse, you never will get 20 100mg shots out oF A 10cc bottle.
The cost of Androgel shocked me as well. Particularly since the average replacement dose I've seen has been about 10 mg of testosterone (10 grams of Androgel) a day - $380 a month.
I prefer prescribing Depo-Testosterone (test cyp) injections or a compounded 10% testosterone cream in PLO (called Testocreme). The cream costs about $32 a month at 10 mg a day (1 gram or 1/4 teaspoon of cream).
Since I treat primarily patients with mental illnesses, if I cannot trust a patient not to transfer testosterone to others (e.g. if impulsivenss is a problem), I prefer having them come to the clinic for an injection of depo-testosterone.
The 10% cream has the advantage of being discrete, not having to travel with needles, and having to use a very small area of application (the biceps or flank area over the ribs).
Each patient ends up with a preference for one or the other.