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Only limited information is available about possible side effects of methyltestosterone capsules. However, based on side effects reported with similar drugs, this medicine may cause acne, headaches, and facial and body hair growth. In most cases, reactions to this drug are minor and easily treated. However, medical attention may be needed if you develop problems like depression, vomiting, or changes in skin color.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Methyltestosterone Capsules

Just like any medicine, methyltestosterone capsules (Testred®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with methyltestosterone capsules. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Methyltestosterone Capsule Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of methyltestosterone capsules are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
    • Rapid weight gain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fluid retention
  • Infertility
  • Signs of liver damage, such as yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Increased bruising or bleeding
  • Symptoms of high blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia), such as:
    • Constipation, nausea, or vomiting
    • Muscle achiness or weakness
    • Kidney stones
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain or side pain
    • Confusion or lethargy
    • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
It is important that women taking methyltestosterone capsules report any signs of virilization (development of male characteristics) to their healthcare providers right away. If the drug is stopped quickly, the virilization may be at least partially reversible. If methyltestosterone capsules are stopped later, the virilization may be permanent. However, you and your healthcare provider may decide for you to keep taking the medication, despite virilization, if the benefits to you are significant.
Signs of virilization may include but are not limited to:
  • Deepening voice
  • Enlargement of the clitoris
  • Acne
  • Body or facial hair growth
  • Menstrual changes.
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