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Drug Interactions

Testosterone pellets may react with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Testosterone Pellets).

What If I Take an Overdose?

At this time, it is not known exactly what to expect from a testosterone pellet overdose. Seek immediate medical attention if you may have overdosed on this medicine.
(Click Testopel Overdose for more information.)

What If I Forget a Dose of Testosterone Pellets?

If you miss a dose of this medicine, contact your healthcare provider. He or she will schedule another appointment for you to receive your injection. You should know that your symptoms might return if you miss a dose.

How Does It Work?

This medicine comes as a tiny pellet that contains testosterone. The pellet is inserted into the fatty layer of tissue just beneath the skin. Once there, the pellet slowly dissolves, releasing testosterone into the body for three to four months (or sometimes as long as six months). As a result, testosterone blood levels increase.

When and How to Use This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with testosterone pellets include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a pellet, which is inserted using an injection just beneath the skin (subcutaneously) every three to four months.
  • The testosterone pellet is inserted in a healthcare setting, such as your doctor's office or clinic.
  • You should avoid swimming, using a hot tub, or lifting heavy weights for a few days after receiving your injection to help reduce the chance of the pellet coming out.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Make sure to keep your appointments with your healthcare provider to receive subsequent injections.
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