Compare Fortesta vs. Testopel
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Low testosterone
- Delayed puberty
- Male osteoporosis
- Weight gain
- Implant pellet
- Skin reaction16%
- 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
- Exposure to fire or flames