Compare Testopel vs. Aveed

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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.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 78 reviewsforAveed
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Delayed puberty
  • Low testosterone
Dosage forms
  • Implant pellet
  • Injection
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41%
saidit'sworth it
22%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Testopel (Testosterone Implant) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
9possible side effects
  • Injection site pain
    5%
  • Prostatic specific antigen increased
    5%
  • Estradiol increased
    3%
  • Hypogonadism
    3%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Irritability
    2%
  • Hemoglobin increased
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Mood swings
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
No information currently available
  • Breast tissue changes
    • Male
  • Changes in sex drive
    • Male
  • Inability to urinate
    • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Changes in sperm
    • Taking high doses of Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
  • Swelling in the legs
    • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • High calcium in the blood
    • Inability to move
    • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Changes in blood thinning
    • On blood thinners
  • Blood clots
  • Changes in cholesterol
    • Taking medications to lower cholesterol
  • Severe allergic reaction | Trouble breathing
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