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Fortesta Alternatives

(Testosterone Gel)

  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Low testosterone
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Compare Fortesta (Testosterone Gel) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Fortesta (Testosterone Gel) or used for similar purposes.

Fortesta
(Testosterone Gel)

Androderm
(Testosterone Patch)

Axiron
(Testosterone Topical Solution)

Delatestryl
(Testosterone Enanthate Injection)

Depo-Testosterone
(Testosterone Cypionate Injection)

Aveed
(Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)

Treats low testosterone. This testosterone gel is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement that's less likely to rub off on other people you come into contact with, but it's not available as a generic yet.Treats low testosterone. The testosterone patch is a topical form of hormone replacement that doesn't affect people you come in contact with, but it can cause skin irritation so you have to rotate its position every night.Treats low testosterone. This testosterone topical solution is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement that's less likely to rub off on other people you come into contact with, but it's not available as a generic yet.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.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.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 Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate Injection)
42%
8% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
21%
29% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
27%
27% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
Reviews for Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate Injection)
48%
2% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
31%
19% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
17%
17% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
Reviews for Aveed (Testosterone Undecanoate Injection)
42%
8% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
22%
28% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
18%
18% vs. Fortesta (Testosterone Gel)
Side effects
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed

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

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

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

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

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

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How it works
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
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 patch 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.Testosterone topical solution 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.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.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
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Hormone replacement
Testosterone
Prescription only
Available as
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Patch
  • Topical
  • Injection
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
  • Low testosterone
Risk factors for serious side effects
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
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Pregnancy category
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
No specific sex-related info.
  • The testosterone patch doesn't have to be removed when you're having sex or if you're showering or bathing.
No specific sex-related info.
  • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
  • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
  • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
  • You apply it to your thighs like a lotion.
  • Putting testosterone gel on your thights makes it less likely you'll transfer the medication to other people around you, compared to some other kinds of topical testosterone.
  • The testosterone patch doesn't have to be removed when you're having sex or if you're showering or bathing.
  • The testosterone patch prevents other people around you from coming in contact with testosterone, unlike other topical forms such as gels.
  • The testosterone patch only has to be placed once each night.
  • You're less likely with this formulation to transfer testosterone topical solution to another person since this is applied to the armpits -- unlike some other forms of topical testosterone.
  • You can use your regular deodorant or antiperspirant, but just make sure to apply that first before using testosterone topical solution.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
  • Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive.
  • 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.
  • You have to be careful to rotate the testosterone patch to a different part of your body each night.
  • Can cause skin irritation.
  • Has to be removed before you have an MRI.
  • The patch can become loose if you do heavy exercise or sweat a lot.
  • Only available as brand name.
  • You have to wait at least 2 hours after applying testosterone topical solution before you can swim or bathe, otherwise your body won't absorb the entire amount.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for breast cancers that respond to testosterone.
  • Only available as a shot.
  • Has to be given by someone else since it has to be injected into your buttocks.
  • Only available as a shot.
  • Has to be given by someone else since it has to be injected into your buttocks.
  • 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
FortestaAndrodermAxironDelatestrylDepo-TestosteroneAveed
  • Prime testosterone gel first by pumping 8 times before you use a new bottle.
  • Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you apply testosterone gel.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, and cover the area with clothing as soon as the gel is dry so you don't spread it to other people.
  • 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.
  • Don't use testosterone gel anywhere besides your front and inner thighs.
  • Place the testosterone patch on a clean, dry area of your skin each night. Don't put it on your scrotum or a bony part of your body.
  • Change the area where you place the testosterone patch every night, and wait at least 7 days before you put in on the same site again.
  • Make sure the patch is attached to your skin, especially along the edges. If it loosens, smooth the edges and then the center of the patch with your finger to make sure it's attached completely.
  • If the patch falls off before noon, apply another patch. If it falls off after that, don't apply another patch until your regular time at night. Don't use tape to keep the patch attached.
  • Don't bathe or swim for at least 3 hours after you put a new patch on. Also, heavy exercise or lots of sweating can make your patch fall off.
  • Prime testosterone topical solution first by pumping 3 times before you use a new bottle.
  • If you use deodorant or antiperspirant, apply that first before using testosterone topical solution.
  • Don't swim or bathe for at least 2 hours after you put on testosterone topical solution so that it has time to absorb.
  • Cover the area with clothing as soon as it's dry so you don't spread it to other people.
  • If you think you'll have skin-to-skin contact at the area where you've placed testosterone topical solution, wash that area with soap and water then dry.
  • Don't use testosterone topical solution anywhere besides your armpits.
  • Your doctor will show you how to inject this correctly.
  • Can cause nausea, vomiting and headache.
  • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
  • Keep this medication locked up and away from children since it's a controlled substance.
  • Your doctor will show you how to inject this correctly.
  • Can cause nausea, vomiting and headache.
  • Can cause increased acne and changes in sex drive.
  • Keep this medication locked up and away from children since it's a controlled substance.
  • 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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