Compare Fortesta vs. Aveed

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Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)

Prescription only
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.

Treats low testosterone.

This testosterone injection is a first-choice treatment, but you have to get it in your doctor's office each time.

3.9/ 7 average rating with 78 reviewsforAveed
Upsides
  • 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.
  • A first-choice treatment for low testosterone in men.
  • The first two shots are spaced out by a month, then each shot after that is given every 10 weeks.
  • Your doctor will give you the shot.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Your doctor has to give you this shot. You can't do it at home.
  • Your doctor has to watch you for 30 minutes after your shot to make sure you don't have problems breathing or get a severe allergic reaction.
  • Your doctor has to file paperwork each time you get the shot because of the risks involved.
  • Not available as a generic, so it can be expensive.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
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78 
41%
think this treatment is worth it
22%
think this treatment works well
18%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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9possible side effects
  • Injection site pain
    5%
  • Prostatic specific antigen increased
    5%
  • Estradiol increased
    3%
  • Hypogonadism
    3%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Irritability
    2%
  • Hemoglobin increased
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Mood swings
    2%
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Risks and warnings
No information currently available
  • Breast tissue changes

    Male

  • Changes in sex drive

    Male

  • Inability to urinate

    Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)

  • Changes in sperm

    Taking high doses of Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)

  • Swelling in the legs

    Heart, liver or kidney disease

  • High calcium in the blood

    Inability to move

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Changes in blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Changes in blood thinning

    On blood thinners

  • Changes in cholesterol

    Taking medications to lower cholesterol

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