Compare Methyltestosterone vs. Testopel

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

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.

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
  • A first-choice treatment for men with low testosterone.
  • Oral form of testosterone that some people prefer over injections and topical gels and patches.
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • Delayed puberty
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Low testosterone
  • Delayed puberty
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Implant pellet
Price
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Side effects
The Android (Methyltestosterone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Testopel (Testosterone Implant) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Breast tissue changes
    • Male
  • Changes in sex drive
    • Male
  • Inability to urinate
    • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Changes in sperm
    • Taking high doses of Android (Methyltestosterone)
  • Swelling in the legs
    • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Virilization
    • Female
  • High calcium in the blood
    • Breast cancer
    • Inability to move
  • Liver disease
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Changes in blood thinning
    • On blood thinners
  • Blood clots
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