Compare Aveed vs. Testim

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Treats low testosterone.

This testosterone injection is a first-choice treatment, but you have to get it in your doctor's office each time.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 78 reviewsforAveed
Treats low testosterone.

This testosterone gel comes in convenient daily doses, but you have to be careful about skin-to-skin contact with other people.

Upsides
  • 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 shoulders and upper arms like a lotion, so it's easy to use.
  • Available in individual daily doses, so it's more convenient than some alternatives.
Downsides
  • 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 let the skin dry after you've put on testosterone gel, and you have to wear clothes over the area to prevent the medication from spreading onto other people.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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Reviews
78 reviews so far
41%
saidit'sworth it
22%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • 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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The Testim (Testosterone Gel) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Breast tissue changes
    • Male
  • Changes in sex drive
    • Male
  • Inability to urinate
    • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Changes in sperm
    • Taking high doses of Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
  • Swelling in the legs
    • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • High calcium in the blood
    • Inability to move
    • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Changes in blood thinning
    • On blood thinners
  • Blood clots
  • Changes in cholesterol
    • Taking medications to lower cholesterol
  • Severe allergic reaction | Trouble breathing
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