Prescription onlyClass: Men's Health

Testopel 

(testosterone implant)

Prescription onlyClass: Men's Health
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Treats low testosterone.

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Our bottom line

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
How it works

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.

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Common concerns from people taking Testopel (testosterone implant)

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