Compare Fortesta vs. Testopel

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

Treats low testosterone.

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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Used for
  • Hypogonadism
  • Low testosterone
  • Delayed puberty
  • Male osteoporosis
  • Weight gain
Dosage forms
  • Gel
  • Implant pellet
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Skin reaction
    16%
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The Testopel (Testosterone Implant) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • 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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