Compare Androgel vs. Aveed

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Androgel
(Testosterone Gel)

Aveed
(Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)

Treats low testosterone. This testosterone gel is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement, but you have to be careful about it rubbing off on other people. Also it can be cheaper than alternatives.Treats low testosterone. This testosterone injection is a first-choice treatment, but you have to get it in your doctor's office each time.
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Have you used Androgel (Testosterone Gel)?
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Reviews for Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
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15% vs. Androgel (Testosterone Gel)
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Side effects
AndrogelAveed

The Androgel FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Aveed FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
AndrogelAveed
Testosterone gel works by adding or replacing the hormone testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for causing and maintaining many of the changes in male bodies from puberty on.The testosterone injection works by adding or replacing the hormone testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for causing and maintaining many of the changes in male bodies from puberty on.
Type of medication
AndrogelAveed
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
AndrogelAveed
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
AndrogelAveed
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
AndrogelAveed
Coming soon.
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Inability to move
  • Cancer
      • Diabetes
      • On blood thinners
        • Taking medications to lower cholesterol
          Detailed Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection) risks & warnings »
          Pregnancy

          Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

          Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

          Kidneys and liver
          AndrogelAveed
          No kidneys and liver related info.
          • There have been reports of people on Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection) who have developed high levels of calcium in the blood, which can be bad for the kidneys. This can happen if you are unable to move around or if you have cancer. If you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, muscle or joint pain or a bad headache, talk to your doctor, since they may have to stop the medication.
          Pain
          AndrogelAveed
          No pain related info.
          • If you're on Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection), and you notice pain in your abdomen, or if your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow, call your doctor immediately. This can be liver damage.
          Upsides and benefits
          AndrogelAveed
          • You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
          • Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
          • A first-choice treatment for low testosterone in men.
          • The first two shots are spaced out by a month, then each shot after that is given every 10 weeks.
          • Your doctor will give you the shot.
          Downsides and risks
          AndrogelAveed
          • You have to make sure that you cover the area where you place testosterone gel after it's dry, otherwise it can rub off on people.
          • You have to wait at least 2 hours before you shower or swim after putting on Testosterone gel, otherwise your body won't absorb the entire amount.
          • Your doctor has to give you this shot. You can't do it at home.
          • Your doctor has to watch you for 30 minutes after your shot to make sure you don't have problems breathing or get a severe allergic reaction.
          • Your doctor has to file paperwork each time you get the shot because of the risks involved.
          • Not available as a generic, so it can be expensive.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          AndrogelAveed
          • How to put it on: Don't put testosterone gel anywhere else except where you're taught by the doctor or pharmacist, usually the shoulders and upper arms. Don't put it around your genitals. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them afterward. Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people.
          • Don't bathe or swim for at least 2 hours after you've put on testosterone gel so that it has time to absorb.
          • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact with someone else at the area where you've placed testosterone gel, wash that area with soap and water and dry. If someone else touches the area before you've washed it off, have them wash their skin with soap and water as soon as they can.
          • This medication is only available through a special screening program because of the side effects.
          • Your doctor will watch you for 30 minutes after each injection to make sure you don't have problems breathing or get an allergic reaction.
          • Can cause nausea, vomiting and headache.
          • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
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