Compare Testopel vs. Aveed

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Testopel
(Testosterone Implant)

Aveed
(Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)

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.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. Testopel (Testosterone Implant)
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78% vs. Testopel (Testosterone Implant)
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Side effects
TestopelAveed

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

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How it works
TestopelAveed
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.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
TestopelAveed
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
TestopelAveed
  • Implant pellet
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
TestopelAveed
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
TestopelAveed
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
          TestopelAveed
          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
          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
          • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
          • 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
          TestopelAveed
          • 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.
          • 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
          TestopelAveed
          • 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.
          • 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
          TestopelAveed
          • 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.
          • 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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