Most preparations containing testosterone or its salts, esters, or ethers are subject to control under the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, as amended by the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 and 2004, as schedule III (C-III) drugs. 113 164 However, manufacturers of certain preparations containing androgenic anabolic steroid hormones (principally combinations that also include estrogens) have applied for and obtained for their products(s) an exemption from the record-keeping and other regulatory requirements of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. 121 165 Under provisions of the Act, specific products can be exempted from such control by the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, if the product is determined not to possess any significant potential for abuse because of concentration, preparation, combination, and/or delivery system. Because regulatory requirements for a given preparation containing an androgenic anabolic steroid may be subject to change based on these provisions, the manufacturer should be contacted when specific clarification about a preparation’s status is required.
After a lot of searching, I found a physician who practiced Bio-Identical Testosterone replacement. My total testosterone at that time was 65 (considered normal for someone at age 61)). I began using topical bio-identical testosterone compounded by my local compounding pharmacy. Within two years, both my muscle mass and my strength had returned. I also found that my “crankiness” was gone and I was sleeping better. At that time i was rubbing in 200 mg a day at a concentration of 200 mg/ml, rotating from underarms to insides of my thighs in a counterclockwise direction day one through four. It took me two more years to reach 800 which is were my doctor told me that most males are at when they are 21. At that point he reduced my daily topical dose to 100mg and I have stayed level in the 800 area. The cost of a 90 ml. tube at 200mg/ml is about $ (90 day supply in the “climb phase and 180 days after I reached the 800 level)…. At one point I tried Andro Gel as my insurance would cover almost all the cost ($300 for 90 day supply). Within two weeks my lymph glands began to swell and my primary care physician told me to stop Andro Gel (my lymph glands returned to normal) and I returned to my compounded Bio-Identical.