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Aveed
(Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)

Fortesta
(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 that's less likely to rub off on other people you come into contact with, but it's not available as a generic yet.
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Reviews for Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
41%
of people (All ages) 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
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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.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
AveedFortesta
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
AveedFortesta
  • Injection
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
AveedFortesta
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
AveedFortesta
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Inability to move
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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
AveedFortesta
  • 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
AveedFortesta
  • 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
AveedFortesta
  • 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 apply it to your thighs like a lotion.
  • Putting testosterone gel on your thights makes it less likely you'll transfer the medication to other people around you, compared to some other kinds of topical testosterone.
Downsides and risks
AveedFortesta
  • 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 form, so it can be more expensive.
  • You have to wait at least 2 hours after applying testosterone gel before you can swim or bathe, otherwise your body won't absorb the full amount of the medication.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AveedFortesta
  • 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.
  • Prime testosterone gel first by pumping 8 times before you use a new bottle.
  • Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you apply testosterone gel.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, and cover the area with clothing as soon as the gel is dry so you don't spread it to other people.
  • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact at the area where you've placed testosterone gel, wash that area with soap and water then dry.
  • Don't use testosterone gel anywhere besides your front and inner thighs.
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