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Delatestryl
(testosterone enanthate injection)

Testopel
(testosterone implant)

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. 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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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
103 reviews
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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.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
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
DelatestrylTestopel
  • Injection
  • Implant pellet
Used for
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  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
DelatestrylTestopel
  • 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
    DelatestrylTestopel
    • 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
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    • 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
    DelatestrylTestopel
    • 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.
    • 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
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    • 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.
    • 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
    DelatestrylTestopel
    • 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.
    • 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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