Compare Methyltestosterone vs. Testim

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

Android
(Methyltestosterone)

Testim
(Testosterone Gel)

Treats low testosterone. Android (Methyltestosterone) is an oral form of testosterone that's easy to take but not available as a generic yet.Treats low testosterone. This testosterone gel comes in convenient daily doses, but you have to be careful about skin-to-skin contact with other people.
Find lowest prices
Powered by GoodRxSave on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
No pricing data for this drug at this filter setting. Try searching onGoodRx
Reviews & ratings
Button Group. All currently active
Button Group. All currently active

Not enough reviews for this drug. Help someone out, leave a review!

Not enough reviews for this drug. Help someone out, leave a review!

Side effects
MethyltestosteroneTestim

The Methyltestosterone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Methyltestosterone side effects »
  • Application site reactions 1%
  • Increase in hemoglobin (≥ 19 g/dl) 1%
  • Increase in hematocrit (≥ 58%) 1%
More Testim side effects »
How it works
MethyltestosteroneTestim
Android (Methyltestosterone) 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.Testosterone gel 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
MethyltestosteroneTestim
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
MethyltestosteroneTestim
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
MethyltestosteroneTestim
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
MethyltestosteroneTestim
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Android (Methyltestosterone)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Female
  • Breast cancer
  • Inability to move
      • Diabetes
      • On blood thinners
        Detailed Android (Methyltestosterone) risks & warnings »
        Coming soon.
        Pregnancy category
        MethyltestosteroneTestim
        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
        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.No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        • There have been reports of people on Android (Methyltestosterone) 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 specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
        • If you're a man taking Android (Methyltestosterone), 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 Android (Methyltestosterone), 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
        MethyltestosteroneTestim
        • A first-choice treatment for men with low testosterone.
        • Oral form of testosterone that some people prefer over injections and topical gels and patches.
        • You apply it to your shoulders and upper arms like a lotion, so it's easy to use.
        • Available in individual daily doses, so it's more convenient than some alternatives.
        Downsides and risks
        MethyltestosteroneTestim
        • Not a first-choice treatment for breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
        • Not available as generic, so it can be expensive.
        • Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive.
        • You have to let the skin dry after you've put on testosterone gel, and you have to wear clothes over the area to prevent the medication from spreading onto other people.
        • 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.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        MethyltestosteroneTestim
        • 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.
        • Use the entire contents of one tube each day and apply to your shoulders and upper arms. Don't put it anywhere else.
        • Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you apply testosterone gel.
        • Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people, and wash your hands with soap and water.
        • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact at the area where you've placed testosterone gel, wash that area with soap and water then dry.
        Learn more
        More about MethyltestosteroneSide effectsAlternativesFDA package insert
        More about TestimSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert