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Testosterone cypionate, sold under the brand name Depo-Testosterone among others, is an androgen and anabolic steroid medication which is used mainly in the treatment of low testosterone levels in men. It is also used in hormone therapy for transgender men.
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COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Delatestryl. Tesamone.
TESTOSTERONE – INTRAMUSCULAR
USES: This medication is typically used in men who do not make enough of a natural substance called Testosterone. In males, testosterone is responsible for many normal functions, including growth and development of genitals, muscles, and bones. It also helps cause normal sexual development (puberty) in boys. Testosterone belongs to a class of drugs know as androgens. It works by affecting many body systems so that the body can develop and function normally.
In Trans Men, it is used to increase the level of testosterone to a point of ‘transition’, causing secondary characteristics of the typical male biology to occur.
HOW TO USE:
This medication is given by injection in the buttock muscle as directed by your doctor, usually every 1 to 4 weeks. Do not inject this medication into a vein. Dosage is based on your medical condition, testosterone blood levels, and response to treatment.
If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Misuse or abuse of testosterone can cause serious side effects such as heart disease (including heart attack), stroke, liver, disease, mental/mood problems, abnormal drug-seeking behavior, or improper bone growth (in adolescents).
Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed.
When testosterone is misused or abused, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, irritability, tiredness) when you suddenly stop using the drug. These symptoms may last from weeks to months.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from light or moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medication away from children and pets.
SIDE EFFECTS ALSO INCLUDE: Nausea, vomiting, headache, skin color changes, increased/decreased sexual interest, oily skin, hair loss, and acne may occur. Pain and redness at the injection site may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor prescribed this medication because they have judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects when it is used at normal doses.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as anxiety, depression, increased anger), trouble sleeping/snoring, signs of serious liver disease (such as persistent abdominal pain/nausea, unusual tiredness, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine), hands/ankles/feet swelling, unusual tiredness, fast/irregular heartbeat.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: shortness of breath/rapid breathing, chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, confusion, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, sudden/severe headaches, trouble speaking, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes.
A very serious allergic reaction is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Drug interactions may change how your medication works or increase your risk for serious side effects. This article does not include all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine without your doctor’s approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: “blood thinner” (such as warfarin). This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including thyroid tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
OVERDOSE: If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
NOTES: Do not share this medication or needles with others. Sharing it is against the law. Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood testosterone levels, red blood cell counts, liver function tests, blood cholesterol levels, PSA test) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: For the best possible benefit, is it important to receive each scheduled hose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double dose to catch up.