What is Testopel and why is it prescribed?
Testopel pellets contain testosterone, the sex hormone that is responsible for growth and maintenance of male physical characteristics. Testosterone is a member of the androgen family of steroids responsible for the growth spurt that happens during adolescence. Testopel is used to treat low testosterone levels brought on by age, tumors, injury, radiation, or a condition present from birth. It also is used to stimulate puberty in boys who have a family history of delayed puberty. In addition, testosterone is sometimes used to treat certain types of breast cancer. Testosterone and other androgens can have serious, long-lasting side effects. They should only be used as prescribed by your doctor.

How should you take Testopel?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Testopel. Testopel pellets are implanted under the skin by your doctor. Their effects last for three to four months and sometimes for as long as six months. Your doctor will perform periodic blood tests to make sure that this medication is working correctly and is not having adverse effects.

Are there any Testopel side effects?
Testopel side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Testopel side effects may include abnormal hair growth, acne, anxiety, blood clotting disorders, decreased sperm count, depression, enlarged breasts in men, fluid retention and swelling, frequent and prolonged erections, headache, increased cholesterol levels, increased or decreased sex drive, inflammation and pain at the pellet site, liver disorders, male pattern baldness, nausea, prickling or tingling sensation, and yellowing of skin and eyes. Rare Testopel side effects may include allergic reaction and tumors.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Testopel?
If Testopel is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Testopel with Blood thinning drugs (such as Coumadin), Oxyphenbutazone (Oxalid, Tandearil), or Insulin.

Are there any special warnings about Testopel?
In rare instances, Testopel pellets may be expelled due to improper insertion or infection. Contact your doctor if you notice any of the pellets coming out, or if you have an infection with redness, swelling, or pus. Testopel can cause a buildup of fluids in the body. People with a history of heart, kidney, or liver problems should use Testopel with caution. Contact your doctor if you experience too frequent or persistent erections, nausea, vomiting, changes in skin color, or ankle swelling. Testopel should be used very cautiously in children. The hormone may cause bones to mature and stop lengthening before they should. If Testopel has been prescribed to treat delayed puberty, the doctor will take x-rays every 6 months to make sure the bones are growing properly. When given for breast cancer, androgens can leach calcium from the bones and cause a buildup of calcium in the blood. If this happens, androgen therapy must be discontinued. In people with diabetes, Testopel may reduce blood sugar levels. If you are diabetic, your doctor will want to watch you closely. You should be aware that men treated with androgens have an increased risk of prostate and liver problems, including prostate and liver cancer. The safety and effectiveness of Testopel for improving athletic performance have not been established. Due to its potentially serious side effects, it should never be used for that purpose.

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