Many of you may have heard about a new long acting form of injectable testosterone that is available in the US. Known as Aveed is an oily injections that contain 1000mg of testosterone undecanoate. This new preparation allows the man with low T to drastically reduce the number of injections to approximately four per year.
Previously the only other option for long lasting testosterone delivery was the implant, Testopel. This is a procedure where local anesthetic is generally applied to an area of skin, usually on the abdomen or buttock, where the pellets are placed. A number of small pellets are then placed under the skin. These are expected to last four to six months.
Some men who are not using implants are using the injectable forms of testosterone known as testosterone cypionate. These injections are generally injected into the upper arm or buttocks every ten days to three weeks depending on your current dosage and testosterone levels.
As with all medications however, there are side-effects. Many of you would be aware of the patient leaflet supplied with all vials of testosterone that indicate possible side-effects. Some of the common side effects include diarrhea, leg pain, dizziness/headache, breathing problems, acne, itching, and breast-pain and breast enlargement. Some of the other effects known to occur in this preparation included weight gain, muscle cramps, nervousness, hostility, depression, sleep apnea, water retention, skin conditions and balding.
This, of course, does not mean that these symptoms will occur in all individuals who use the preparation. It is, however, always wise to consider the options available to you. It is most important to inform your doctor of any medical issues or concerns you may have so that the most suitable preparation can be chosen for you.
Bottom Line: Low T affects millions of American men. A new treatment option is the long acting injection of Aveed with a length of action of 10-12 weeks. For more information ask your doctor.