Compare Depo-Testosterone vs. Striant

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Depo-Testosterone
(Testosterone Cypionate Injection)

Striant
(Testosterone Tablet)

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. Hormones in the testosterone tablet can't be transferred to other people by skin-to-skin contact, but it can interfere with how food tastes and with teethbrushing and flossing.
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Reviews for Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate Injection)
48%
of people say Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate Injection) is worth it
31%
say it works well
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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.The testosterone tablet 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
Depo-TestosteroneStriant
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
Depo-TestosteroneStriant
  • Injection
  • Buccal tablet
Used for (click to learn more)
Depo-TestosteroneStriant
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
Depo-TestosteroneStriant
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate Injection)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Inability to move
  • Cancer
      • Diabetes
      • On blood thinners
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        Pregnancy category
        Depo-TestosteroneStriant
        XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

        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.

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        XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.
        • Can change the way food tastes.
        Kidneys and liver
        • There have been reports of people on Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate 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 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 specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
        • If you're a man taking Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate Injection), you can see changes in your sex drive, including overstimulation and prolonged frequent erections. Talk to your doctor if this happens, since they might have to change the dose.
        No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
        Weight
        • If you're taking Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate Injection), and you notice swelling in your legs, or a sudden increase in your weight, talk to your doctor. This can be a serious side effect involving your heart.
        No specific weight-related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        Depo-TestosteroneStriant
        • 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.
        • Unlike topical forms of testosterone like gels or solutions, you can't transfer this medication to another person accidentally by skin-to-skin contact.
        • If you use it correctly, it won't come off of your gums during eating or drinking.
        Downsides and risks
        Depo-TestosteroneStriant
        • Only available as a shot.
        • Has to be given by someone else since it has to be injected into your buttocks.
        • Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive..
        • Can change the way food tastes.
        • You have to be good about brushing and flossing your teeth, otherwise it can be more likely to fall off.
        • Can cause gum irritation, pain, swelling, and tenderness.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        Depo-TestosteroneStriant
        • 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.
        • Place the rounded side of the testosterone tablet on gums right above your incisor (canine) tooth, close your mouth, then hold the tablet against the gums by placing your finger over your lip where the tablet is placed for 30 seconds. Switch sides for each new tablet you use.
        • Make sure that the tablet is still there after you're done eating or drinking.
        • If the tablet falls off your gum within 8 hours of putting it on, you can put a new tablet on for a total of 12 hours, then put on a new one at the regularly scheduled time.
        • Do your brushing and flossing and other mouth care before you put the testosterone tablet on your gums.
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