Testosterone Pellet Dosage
When determining your dosage of testosterone pellets, your healthcare provider will take into consideration your age, your testosterone levels, and other factors. The general range for treating low testosterone levels in men is between 150 mg and 450 mg every three to six months. Your healthcare provider will inject the pellets just beneath the skin, where they will slowly release testosterone as they dissolve.
The dose of testosterone pellets (Testopel®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The reason you are using the medicine
- Your testosterone levels
- How you respond to the pellets.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The usual testosterone pellet dose for testosterone replacement treatment is 150 mg to 450 mg every three to six months. Amounts vary from person to person, and your healthcare provider will monitor you closely to determine the best individual dose for you.
Doses to start puberty in adolescent males who have late-onset puberty are usually in the lower end of the ranges, and for a short duration, such as four to six months. Your healthcare provider will measure your child's bone age and take this and your child's actual age into consideration when determining an appropriate initial and on-going dosage.
The testosterone pellet is implanted in the fatty layer of tissue just beneath the skin in the hip area. It is inserted under the skin using a special instrument. Your healthcare provider will place a bandage over the area after injecting a testosterone pellet, but you will not need stitches.
After implantation, the testosterone pellet normally remains active for three to four months. In some cases, it may be active for six months. Tell your healthcare provider when you begin to notice signs of low testosterone again, as this may be an indication that it is time for another dose.
Because testosterone is implanted under the skin, it can be difficult for your healthcare provider to adjust your dosage. For this reason, your healthcare provider may prefer to start you on another form of testosterone, and then switch you to testosterone pellets.
If you take another form of testosterone, your testosterone pellet dosage will be based on your weekly dose of the other testosterone medication. Specifically, the usual dose of testosterone pellets is 150 mg for every 25 mg of testosterone propionate required each week.
You should also know that if treatment needs to be stopped for any reason, the pellet may need to be surgically removed.