Compare Testim vs. Testopel

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

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.

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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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
Price
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Side effects
The Testim (Testosterone Gel) 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
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