Compare Fluoxymesterone vs. Testopel

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Androxy
(fluoxymesterone)

Testopel
(testosterone implant)

Treats low testosterone. While Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) is available for treating low testosterone, other treatments are better first choices.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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Side effects
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How it works
FluoxymesteroneTestopel
Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) 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
FluoxymesteroneTestopel
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
FluoxymesteroneTestopel
  • Pill
  • Implant pellet
Used for
FluoxymesteroneTestopel
  • Low Testosterone
  • Low Testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
FluoxymesteroneTestopel
  • Diabetes
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Androxy (Fluoxymesterone)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Female
  • Breast cancer
  • Inability to move
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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
      FluoxymesteroneTestopel
      • There have been reports of people on Androxy (Fluoxymesterone) who have developed high levels of calcium in the blood, which can be bad for the kidneys. This has happened if you have breast 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestopel
      • If you're on Androxy (Fluoxymesterone), 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestopel
      • Available as an oral tablet.
      • 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestopel
      • Not considered a first-choice treatment for low testosterone, and not recommended for treating breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
      • Available only as brand name, 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
      FluoxymesteroneTestopel
      • Can cause nausea, vomiting, and headache.
      • Don't double up if you miss a dose.
      • 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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