Treatment for Low Testosterone

Treatment for Low Testosterone

Low Testosterone Treatment

There are many treatment options for low testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy may be administered by way of injections, skin gel, patches, long acting pellets, or oral inserts. The most common type of therapy is testosterone gels, and is used by approximately 70% of patients. Men simply rub a gel onto their shoulders or upper arms after taking a shower. Approximately 17% of patients use testosterone injections and 10% are using testosterone patches. Only 3% of patients are using other forms of testosterone replacement, such as oral testosterone or implantable testosterone pellets.

Some of the most widely used, and FDA approved, options for Testosterone Replacement Therapy include:

Testosterone Injections

Intramuscular testosterone has been used for years due to its effectiveness and low cost. Whereas free testosterone has a half-life of only 10 minutes, the esterification process renders testosterone less polar and more lipid soluble, thereby prolonging its duration of action. Delivery of these esters through an oil-based depot injection allows their slow release.

Testosterone injections are used in men with conditions associated with deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone (Low T). Blood tests should be run before treatment begins, and periodically throughout treatment to check hemoglobin and hematocrit levels when receiving long-term testosterone injection treatments. Your doctor typically administers testosterone injections, usually given in the upper buttock, every 1 – 4 weeks. There have been no reports of acute over dosage with testosterone injections. Some of the most common formulas are listed below.

Testosterone Gels

Testosterone gels are another widely accepted form of testosterone replacement used to treat adult males who have low or no testosterone. Testosterone gels are products applied topically, or to the skin, and are applied daily.

The testosterone in the gels is absorbed into the body through the skin. Gels provide continuous delivery of testosterone throughout the day. The recommended dose is 50 mg of testosterone gel applied topically once daily in the morning to dry skin on the shoulders and upper arms.