Depo-Testosterone is a prescription medicine licensed to treat low testosterone levels in men. It comes as an injection that is given in a muscle every two to four weeks in most cases. Because this medicine contains testosterone in a special oil formulation, testosterone is slowly absorbed from the oil into the bloodstream. Side effects may include pain and inflammation at the injection site.
Depo-Testosterone contains the hormone testosterone in a special oil formulation that is injected into a muscle. Testosterone is slowly absorbed from the oil into the bloodstream after the injection, allowing for injections just once every two to four weeks in most cases. It works by increasing testosterone to a normal level.
Depo-Testosterone must be injected, as taking it by mouth would have little effect on testosterone levels. When medications are taken by mouth, they must first pass through the liver before they reach the bloodstream. The liver metabolizes testosterone extensively before it has a chance to reach the bloodstream, and adequate blood levels of the medication usually cannot be achieved. However, when testosterone is injected into a muscle, it bypasses the liver, allowing significant amounts of the hormone to reach the bloodstream.
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