Compare Aveed vs. Testopel

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Aveed
(testosterone undecanoate injection)

Testopel
(testosterone implant)

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 implant is a good option for long-term testosterone therapy, but it can be expensive, and it's really important that you get the right dose so your doctor doesn't have to remove pellets.
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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
AveedTestopel
  • Acne 5%
  • Injection site pain 5%
  • Prostatic specific antigen increased 5%
  • Estradiol increased 3%
  • Hypogonadism 3%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Irritability 2%
  • Hemoglobin increased 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 2%
  • Mood swings 2%
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How it works
AveedTestopel
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 implant 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
AveedTestopel
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AveedTestopel
  • Injection
  • Implant pellet
Used for
AveedTestopel
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
AveedTestopel
  • 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

          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
          AveedTestopel
          • 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
          AveedTestopel
          • 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
          AveedTestopel
          • 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.
          • Your doctor will give this shot to you every 3 months, so you don't have to worry about administering it yourself like some testosterone injections.
          • Unlike topical forms of testosterone, you don't have to worry about accidentally transferring this medication to another person's skin.
          Downsides and risks
          AveedTestopel
          • 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.
          • Your doctor has to calculate your dose for 3 months. If it ends up being too much, the doctor might have to remove some of the implant pellets.
          • The pellets can come out, although this is extremely rare.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          AveedTestopel
          • 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.
          • Your doctor will give this you as a shot underneath your skin every 3 months.
          • Can cause nausea, vomiting and headache.
          • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
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