Testosterone Pellet Therapy
Tired of doing daily gel or weekly injections? Pellet therapy is done in our office every 3 months. The pellets dissolve over time.
Insurance not covering? We offer this for a cash price. Please see cost here.
What is this medication?
TESTOSTERONE (tes TOS ter one) is used to increase testosterone levels in your body. It belongs to a group of medications called androgen hormones.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Testopel
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Prostate cancer, enlargement
An unusual or allergic reaction to testosterone, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
If a female partner is pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medication will be inserted under your skin by your care team.
What if I miss a dose?
Try not to miss a dose. Your care team will tell you when your next dose is due. Notify the office if you are unable to keep an appointment.
What may interact with this medication?
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your care team for regular checks on your progress. They will need to check the level of testosterone in your blood.
This medication may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your care team before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medication.
Call your care team if you notice a change in the way this medication is working. It is possible that the pellets may accidentally fall out.
This medication is banned from use in athletes by most athletic organizations.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Blood clot—pain, swelling, or warmth in the leg, shortness of breath, chest pain
Heart attack—pain or tightness in the chest, shoulders, arms, or jaw, nausea, shortness of breath, cold or clammy skin, feeling faint or lightheaded
Increase in blood pressure
Liver injury—right upper belly pain, loss of appetite, nausea, light-colored stool, dark yellow or brown urine, yellowing skin or eyes, unusual weakness or fatigue
Mood swings, irritability, or hostility
Prolonged or painful erection
Sleep apnea—loud snoring, gasping during sleep, daytime sleepiness
Stroke—sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, trouble speaking, confusion, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination, dizziness, severe headache, change in vision
Swelling of the ankles, hands, or feet
Thoughts of suicide or self-harm, worsening mood, feelings of depression
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.