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Android
(Methyltestosterone)

Testopel
(Testosterone Implant)

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.
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Side effects
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How it works
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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.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
MethyltestosteroneTestopel
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
MethyltestosteroneTestopel
  • Pill
  • Implant pellet
Used for (click to learn more)
MethyltestosteroneTestopel
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
MethyltestosteroneTestopel
  • 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
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        Pregnancy category
        MethyltestosteroneTestopel
        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.

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        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.
        • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
        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
        MethyltestosteroneTestopel
        • 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 and risks
        MethyltestosteroneTestopel
        • 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.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        MethyltestosteroneTestopel
        • Can cause nausea, vomiting, and headache.
        • Don't double up if you miss a dose.
        • Keep this medication locked up and away from children since it's a controlled substance.
        • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
        • 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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