Compare Fortesta vs. Testopel

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
  • Delayed puberty
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Implant pellet
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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The Testopel (Testosterone Implant) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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