Compare Delatestryl vs. Fortesta

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Delatestryl
(Testosterone Enanthate Injection)

Fortesta
(Testosterone Gel)

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 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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3.74Delatestryl
Reviews for Delatestryl
43%
of people (All ages) say Delatestryl is worth it
21%
say it works well
27%
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. 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.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
Available as
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  • Injection
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
DelatestrylFortesta
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate Injection)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
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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
    DelatestrylFortesta
    • 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.
    Pain
    DelatestrylFortesta
    • 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
    DelatestrylFortesta
    • 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 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
    DelatestrylFortesta
    • 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.
    • 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
    DelatestrylFortesta
    • 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.
    • 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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