Compare Testim vs. Aveed

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Testim
(Testosterone Gel)

Aveed
(Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)

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.Treats low testosterone. This testosterone injection is a first-choice treatment, but you have to get it in your doctor's office each time.
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Reviews for Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
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58% vs. Testim (Testosterone Gel)
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Side effects
TestimAveed
  • Application site reactions 1%
  • Increase in hemoglobin (≥ 19 g/dl) 1%
  • Increase in hematocrit (≥ 58%) 1%
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How it works
TestimAveed
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.The testosterone injection 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
TestimAveed
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
TestimAveed
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
TestimAveed
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
TestimAveed
Coming soon.
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Inability to move
  • Cancer
      • Diabetes
      • On blood thinners
        • Taking medications to lower cholesterol
          Detailed Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection) risks & warnings »
          Pregnancy category
          TestimAveed
          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
          No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
          • There have been reports of people on Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection) who have developed high levels of calcium in the blood, which can be bad for the kidneys. This can happen if you are unable to move around or if you have cancer. 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.
          Sex
          No specific sex-related info.
          • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
          • If you're a man taking Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection), 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.
          Sleep
          No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
          Weight
          No specific weight-related info.
          • If you're taking Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection), 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.
          Upsides and benefits
          TestimAveed
          • 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.
          • 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 and risks
          TestimAveed
          • 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.
          • 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.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          TestimAveed
          • 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.
          • This medication is only available through a special screening program because of the side effects.
          • Your doctor will watch you for 30 minutes after each injection to make sure you don't have problems breathing or get an allergic reaction.
          • Can cause nausea, vomiting and headache.
          • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
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