Compare Aveed vs. Androderm

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Aveed
(testosterone undecanoate injection)

Androderm
(testosterone patch)

Treats low testosterone. This testosterone injection is a first-choice treatment, but you have to get it in your doctor's office each time.Treats low testosterone. The testosterone patch is a topical form of hormone replacement that doesn't affect people you come in contact with, but it can cause skin irritation so you have to rotate its position every night.
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3.85Aveed
Reviews for Aveed
41%
of people (All ages) say Aveed is worth it
22%
say it works well
18%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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  • Acne 5%
  • Injection site pain 5%
  • Prostatic specific antigen increased 5%
  • Estradiol increased 3%
  • Hypogonadism 3%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Irritability 2%
  • Hemoglobin increased 2%
  • Insomnia 2%
  • Mood swings 2%
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  • Any appication site reaction 28%
  • Application site pruritus 17%
  • Application site vesicles 6%
  • Back pain 6%
  • Application site erythema 3%
  • Application site exfoliation 3%
  • Chills 3%
  • Prostatitis 3%
  • Fatigue 3%
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease 3%
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How it works
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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.The testosterone patch 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
AveedAndroderm
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
AveedAndroderm
  • Injection
  • Patch
Used for
AveedAndroderm
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
AveedAndroderm
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
Detailed Aveed (testosterone undecanoate injection) risks & warnings »
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    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
    AveedAndroderm
    • 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.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    AveedAndroderm
    • 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.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    AveedAndroderm
    • 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.
    • The testosterone patch doesn't have to be removed when you're having sex or if you're showering or bathing.
    • The testosterone patch prevents other people around you from coming in contact with testosterone, unlike other topical forms such as gels.
    • The testosterone patch only has to be placed once each night.
    Downsides and risks
    AveedAndroderm
    • 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.
    • Not available in generic.
    • You have to be careful to rotate the testosterone patch to a different part of your body each night.
    • Can cause skin irritation.
    • Has to be removed before you have an MRI.
    • The patch can become loose if you do heavy exercise or sweat a lot.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • 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.
    • Place the testosterone patch on a clean, dry area of your skin each night. Don't put it on your scrotum or a bony part of your body.
    • Change the area where you place the testosterone patch every night, and wait at least 7 days before you put in on the same site again.
    • Make sure the patch is attached to your skin, especially along the edges. If it loosens, smooth the edges and then the center of the patch with your finger to make sure it's attached completely.
    • If the patch falls off before noon, apply another patch. If it falls off after that, don't apply another patch until your regular time at night. Don't use tape to keep the patch attached.
    • Don't bathe or swim for at least 3 hours after you put a new patch on. Also, heavy exercise or lots of sweating can make your patch fall off.
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