Fortesta gel is a prescription medication designed to treat low testosterone.
By improving hormone levels, Fortesta may improve muscle mass, energy levels, and body mass composition to give you the results you deserve. According to advertisements, even a small amount can help.
But what is Fortesta and how does it work?
Fortesta is an FDA-approved prescription medication containing testosterone. It is commonly prescribed to adult males who have low or no testosterone, though occasionally doctors prescribe it for other uses as well.
The gel is absorbed through the skin where it then increases testosterone levels.
According to research, 3 out of 4 men who used Fortesta achieved normal testosterone levels within 90 days. Only 3% of men stopped using the gel due to mild side effects. 
• Only a small amount of gel needed
• Clear, odorless, colorless
• No applicator required
• Precision-metered pump
• Small, travel-sized canister
Potential Risks and Side Effects
Most Fortesta users experience mild, if any, negative side effects. The most common side effect includes skin irritation and redness at the application area. This is normal. But, should this symptom bother you or continue to linger, tell your doctor.
Additional side effects include an increase in prostate specific antigen (PSA – a test used to screen for prostate cancer) and abnormal dreams.
Serious Side Effects
Though Fortesta is extensively studied and deemed safe by experts, manufacturers make explicit warnings about Fortesta’s more dangerous effects.
Serious side effects include the following:
• Lowered sperm count
• Swelling in the ankles, feet, or body
• Enlarged or painful breasts
• Difficulty breathing while asleep (sleep apnea)
• Increased red blood cell count
• Blood clots in legs (includes pain, swelling, and redness in legs)
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.
Fortesta Gel can transfer from your body to others via skin-to-skin contact. Unexpected signs of puberty (pubic hair, enlarged genitals, increased sex drive) happen in children accidentally exposed to testosterone. Women exposed to testosterone also experience an increase in acne and facial hair.
Should any of these signs and symptoms appear in women and children you know, stop using Fortesta and contact medical help immediately.
Is Fortesta Legal?
Fortesta is categorized as a class 3 controlled substance. Although it is legal to use if recommended by a doctor, it is illegal to sell or distribute to others.
Many bodybuilders abuse testosterone boosting supplements, so keep Fortesta gel in a safe place and never give the gel to anyone else (even if they have the same symptoms you do).
How to Use Fortesta
Your doctor will give you step-by-step instructions on how to use Fortesta correctly. If you are uncertain how to use the gel, ask your doctor to clarify any steps in the process.
However, Fortesta is designed to be portable and easy to use. The gel comes in a discreet travel-sized pump, so you can take your prescription with you anywhere.
To begin, prime the canister to ensure that a full, proper dose is dispensed. Push down the pump 8 times over a sink. Then safely wash away any gel you dispense. Do not use any of the gel dispensed during priming.
To apply, pump gel directly onto the front or inner area of each thigh. Make sure the skin is clean, dry, and intact. Do not apply to open sores, wounds, or broken/irritated skin. Only apply gel to thighs – upper shoulders, scrotum, penis, and other areas do not absorbed properly.
Gently rub Fortesta gel evenly onto the thigh using one finger. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water when finished.
Let the application sites dry for a few minutes, then cover with clothing.
When canister is completely empty, throw away in the household trash. Be careful to prevent accidental exposure to children, women, or pets. Do not expose to extreme temperatures.
Important Tips to Keep in Mind
To reduce accidental exposure risk, women and children should avoid contact with the unwashed or unclothed application area. Should exposure occur, women and children should immediately wash with soap and water.
Men using Fortesta should only apply the gel to the front and inside area of the thigh that will be covered by clothing. Men should also wash hands immediately after applying Fortesta. If you expect another person to come into skin-to-skin contact with your thighs, first wash the application area well with soap and water.
Also, avoid swimming, showering, or bathing for a minimum of 2 hours after application.
Fortesta is flammable until dry, so avoid fire, flames, or smoking after applying the gel.
How Long Does Fortesta Take to Work?
Unfortunately, Fortesta won’t solve your problems overnight. It takes time for the treatment to work, and your doctor may need to adjust your dosage to find what works for you.
Some consumers notice fast results, while others may take weeks or even months before experiencing an improvement.
Who Can Use Fortesta
Fortesta is designed specifically for men looking to improve testosterone levels. It has not been studied on women and should not be used by anyone under 18 years old.
It may harm unborn or breastfeeding babies. Women who are, or may become, pregnant should avoid contact with Fortesta application area.
If you are taking any medications, including insulin, corticosteroids, and anticoagulants, then tell your doctor before using Fortesta. Medications may interact with the gel and dosages may need to be adjusted.
Enlarged Prostate Warning
Androgens are known to worsen prostate problems and increase prostate cancer risk. If you have enlarged prostate, tell your doctor before using Fortesta.
What Consumers Have to Say
Fortesta users are generally positive about their results. Although it’s not the perfect solution for everyone, it seems fairly reliable:
“Ive been on Fortesta now for 10 days and seem to feel better each day. I just started back to the gym after many years off so I’ve got my work cut out for me. Im 5’10” 220lbs and as of 3 days ago 22% BF. . . I’m really looking forward to how the Test will help with these areas.” – Signmaker , Forums.Steroids.com
“So, I switched to this because the other Test booster made me sick to my stomach. All I have to say is you have to give it time for your body to kick in. After several months it started working. I have been working out and WoW its def working, also hard as rock if you know what I mean.Just give it some time and don’t skip days.” – Big Al, WebMD.com
“I could not believe that at only 30 I was having to deal with this. Been taking this for a week and can already tell a big difference. It smells like hand sanitizer and goes away quick, easy to use but expensive. I will update as I progress.” – Austin2408, Drugs.com
How Much Does Fortesta Cost?
Many insurances cover the costs of prescription medications. However, if you are uninsured and have to pay for Fortesta out of pocket, then be prepared to crank out $700 for a 4 month supply.
Patient Savings Program
If you are unable to afford Fortesta, Endo Pharmaceuticals has established a patient savings program. Should you qualify for the program, you will receive your first gel for free and the next 23 refills will cost $25 each.
The offer is not valid for cash-paying customers. The offer is only good in the USA.
Those who are reimbursed through federal or state healthcare programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid) are not eligible for the program.
Should You Ask Your Doctor About Fortesta?
Fortesta seems like a convenient way to boost testosterone. Simply apply to your thighs and enjoy!
Prescription medications and FDA-approved products are a great way to powerfully increase testosterone levels, so Fortesta may be a good choice for you.
However, Fortesta is only available to those with a doctor’s prescription. Consumers looking for a more natural way to increase testosterone may have to look elsewhere.
 “Fortesta (Testosterone Gel).” MediLexicon. Available from: http://www.medilexicon.com/drugs/fortesta.php