Compare Aveed vs. Androgel

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Aveed
(Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)

Androgel
(Testosterone Gel)

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. 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.
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Reviews for Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
42%
of people say Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection) 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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How it works
AveedAndrogel
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.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.
Type of medication
AveedAndrogel
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
AveedAndrogel
  • Injection
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
AveedAndrogel
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
AveedAndrogel
  • 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
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          Pregnancy category
          AveedAndrogel
          XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

          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.

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          XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

          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.

          See the FDA package insert
          Alcohol
          No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
          Food
          No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          • 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 specific kidneys and liver-related info.
          Sex
          • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
          • If you're a man taking Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection), you can see changes in your sex drive, including overstimulation and prolonged frequent erections. Talk to your doctor if this happens, since they might have to change the dose.
          No specific sex-related info.
          Sleep
          No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
          Weight
          • If you're taking Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection), and you notice swelling in your legs, or a sudden increase in your weight, talk to your doctor. This can be a serious side effect involving your heart.
          No specific weight-related info.
          Upsides and benefits
          AveedAndrogel
          • 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.
          • You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
          • Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
          Downsides and risks
          AveedAndrogel
          • 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.
          • 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.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          AveedAndrogel
          • 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.
          • 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.
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