Aveed – New Treatment For Low Testosterone
Many of you may have heard about a “new” long acting form of injectable testosterone that is available in the U.S.A. and the U.K. Known as Aveed in the U.S.A. Both Aveed and Nebido are oily injections that contain 1000mg of testosterone undecanoate. These pharmaceuticals are the first preparations that allow the individual to drastically reduce the number of injections to approximately four per year, once testosterone levels are stabilized.
Previously the only other option for long lasting testosterone delivery was the implant, otherwise known as “pellets”. This is a procedure where local anesthetic is generally applied to an area of skin, usually on the abdomen or buttock, where the pellets will be placed. A number of small “pellets” are then placed under the skin. These are expected to last four to six months. It has been estimated that approximately 2-3 percent of the pellets inserted force themselves to the surface of the skin.
Many of you, who are not using implants, are using the injectable forms of testosterone marketed as testosterone cypionate and testosterone enanthate. These are also both oily injections that are generally injected 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. Aveed is no different. These include diarrhea, leg pain, dizziness/headache, breathing problems, acne, itching, and breast-pain and 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. A rare complication is a lung embolus of the oil causing shortness of breadth and chest pain. These symptoms are usually transient and dissipate after just a few minutes.
This, of course, does not mean that these symptoms will occur in all individuals who use the preparation. It is, however, always wise to weigh up 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.