Compare Depo-Testosterone vs. Testim
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 comes in convenient daily doses, but you have to be careful about skin-to-skin contact with other people.
- 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 apply it to your shoulders and upper arms like a lotion, so it's easy to use.
- Available in individual daily doses, so it's more convenient than some alternatives.
- Only available as a shot.
- Has to be given by someone else since it has to be injected into your buttocks.
- Not available in generic form, so it can be more expensive.
- You have to let the skin dry after you've put on testosterone gel, and you have to wear clothes over the area to prevent the medication from spreading onto other people.
- 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.
- Low testosterone
- Gender identity disorder (female-to-male transsexual)
- Low testosterone
- Male osteoporosis
- Weight gain
- Cream, gel, or ointment
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- 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