Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone produced by the testicles. In women, the adrenal system and ovaries also produce a small amount of testosterone. In men, testosterone injections treat conditions and disorders caused by a hormone deficiency, including delayed puberty, hormone imbalances, and impotence. In women, testosterone can be used to treat metastatic breast cancer and even increase libido. Testosterone is available as an injection, cream, troche, rapid dissolve tablet and suspension used sublingually.
Testosterone is administered as an intramuscular injection by a health care provider or family member who has been shown how to give injections. Most patients receive the injections every 2 to 4 weeks. Patients who miss a dose should consult their doctor about rescheduling the injection. The duration of the treatment varies depending on the condition being treated. Frequent blood tests are required to determine the correct dosage and frequency of the injections. Adolescents receiving the injections for delayed puberty may need periodic X-rays to monitor bone growth and development.
The most common side effects of testosterone injections include mood swings, insomnia, changes in libido, and acne. Women who receive testosterone injections may develop masculine characteristics, such as a deepening voice and male-pattern hair growth, as well as changes in menstrual periods. Some patients experience mild redness and discomfort at the injection site.
Individuals with a history of prostate cancer, serious heart conditions, male breast cancer, or severe kidney or liver disease should not receive testosterone injections. Testosterone can harm an unborn baby. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not receive testosterone injections. Women receiving the injections should ensure that they use an effective means of birth control while receiving the treatment. Testosterone injections are not recommended for nursing mothers since it is unclear if testosterone is passed through breast milk or if it can harm a nursing child. Testosterone should not be used as a way to enhance athletic performance. Speak to one of our pharmacy specialists today to find out how we can help you manage your health with our wide range of commercial and compounded medications.
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