Compare Aveed vs. Fortesta

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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
Treats low testosterone.

Fortesta (testosterone) is a convenient topical form of testosterone hormone replacement, but it can be spread to another person if skin-to-skin contact occurs.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Fortesta (testosterone) is an effective and convenient form of testosterone.
  • It is easily used. You apply it to your thighs like a lotion.
  • Putting Fortesta (testosterone) on your thighs makes it less likely that you'll transfer the medication to other people around you.
  • Fortesta (testosterone) is available as a cheaper generic form.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • You have to wait at least 2 hours after applying Fortesta (testosterone) before you can swim or bathe, otherwise your body won't absorb the full amount of the medication.
  • Fortesta (testosterone) does not need to be dose adjusted if you have liver or kidney problems.
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Used for
  • Low testosterone
  • Hypogonadism
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Gel
Price
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Reviews
78 reviews so far
41%
saidit'sworth it
22%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Virilization from secondary exposure
  • Blood clots
  • Swelling in the legs
    • Heart disease
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
  • Elevated red blood cell count
  • High calcium in the blood
    • History of cancer
  • Flammability
    • Smoking
    • Exposure to fire or flames
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