Treats low testosterone. This testosterone injection only has to be given once or twice a month and you can do it at home, but someone has to help you inject.
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.
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. Also, it can slow the spread of certain kinds of breast cancer.
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.
› There have been reports of people on Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate Injection) who have developed high levels of calcium in the blood, which can be bad for the kidneys. This can happen if you have cancer or if you are unable to move around. 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.
› If you're on Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate 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
› A first-choice treatment for low testosterone in men and delayed puberty in boys.
› Available in generic.
› Only has to be given once every 2 to 4 weeks.
› The shot can be done at home.
› 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
› Only available as a shot.
› Has to be given by someone else since it has to be injected into your buttocks.
› Not a first-choice treatment for breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
› 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
› Your doctor will show you how to inject this correctly.
› Can cause nausea, vomiting and headache.
› Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
› Keep this medication locked up and away from children since it's a controlled substance.
› 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.