Compare Testopel vs. Delatestryl

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Testopel
(Testosterone Implant)

Delatestryl
(Testosterone Enanthate 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 only has to be given once or twice a month and you can do it at home, but someone has to help you inject.
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Reviews for Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate Injection)
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58% vs. Testopel (Testosterone Implant)
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79% vs. Testopel (Testosterone Implant)
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27% vs. Testopel (Testosterone Implant)
Side effects
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How it works
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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. Also, it can slow the spread of certain kinds of breast cancer.
Type of medication
TestopelDelatestryl
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
TestopelDelatestryl
  • Implant pellet
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
TestopelDelatestryl
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Coming soon.
  • Male
  • Male
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Taking high doses of Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate Injection)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Female
  • Cancer
  • Inability to move
      • Diabetes
      • On blood thinners
        Detailed Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate Injection) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        TestopelDelatestryl
        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
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        • There have been reports of people on Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate Injection) who have developed high levels of calcium in the blood, which can be bad for the kidneys. This can happen if you have 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.
        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 Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate 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 Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate 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
        TestopelDelatestryl
        • 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 and delayed puberty in boys.
        • Available in generic.
        • Only has to be given once every 2 to 4 weeks.
        • The shot can be done at home.
        Downsides and risks
        TestopelDelatestryl
        • 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.
        • Only available as a shot.
        • Has to be given by someone else since it has to be injected into your buttocks.
        • Not a first-choice treatment for breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        TestopelDelatestryl
        • 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.
        • Your doctor will show you how to inject this correctly.
        • Keep this medication locked up and away from children since it's a controlled substance.
        • Can cause nausea, vomiting and headache.
        • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
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