Compare Depo-Testosterone vs. Androgel
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
This testosterone gel is a convenient topical form of hormone replacement, but you have to be careful about it rubbing off on other people. Also it can be cheaper than alternatives.
- 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.
- You put it on like a lotion, so it's very easy to apply.
- Available in generic, so it's cheaper than some alternatives.
- Only available as a shot.
- Has to be given by someone else since it has to be injected into your buttocks.
- You have to make sure that you cover the area where you place testosterone gel after it's dry, otherwise it can rub off on people.
- You have to wait at least 2 hours before you shower or swim after putting on Testosterone gel, otherwise your body won't absorb the entire amount.
- Low testosterone
- Gender identity disorder (female-to-male transsexual)
- Low testosterone
- Male osteoporosis
- Weight gain
- Cream, gel, or ointment
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- PSA increased11%
- Any adverse reaction11%
- Emotional lability3%
- Hematocrit or hemoglobin increased2%
- Contact dermatitis2%
- Breast tissue changes
- Changes in sex drive
- Inability to urinate
- Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
- Changes in sperm
- Taking high doses of Depo-Testosterone (Testosterone Cypionate Injection)
- Swelling in the legs
- Heart, liver or kidney disease
- High calcium in the blood
- Inability to move
- Liver disease
- Changes in mood
- Changes in blood sugar
- Changes in blood thinning
- On blood thinners
- Blood clots