Axiron is a testosterone replacement product designed for men to apply under the underarm. Made by pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly, Axiron generated nearly $50 million in revenue in 2011. Eli Lilly markets the drug to men 30 years old and older – the typical age at which male testosterone levels start to drop, at least in modern, Western societies like the United States.
According to the manufacturer, Axiron should be applied like a deodorant under the arms for two minutes every morning to clean and dry skin. Like several other Low T supplements delivered via the skin, Axiron can be transferred to other people. Thus, manufacturers urge men to wash their hands with soap and warm water after use. Women and children who come into contact with the solution could, potentially, suffer adverse health effects. The drug maker urges men to “stop using Axiron and call your healthcare provider right away, if you see signs and symptoms in a child or a women that may have occurred through accidental exposure.”
The Axiron website is replete with warnings about the potential dangers and side effects of the drug. Some of these include:
- Impeded bone growth in children;
- Sleep apnea;
- Clotting in the legs;
- Possible increase in the risk of prostate cancer.
Eli Lilly spent $100 million in 2011 promoting Axiron and Low T supplementation in general.
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