Low Testosterone Medications

Dosing Frequencies

When choosing among the many low testosterone medications, be aware that the dosing frequencies have important differences to take into account. The more invasive products, such as the injections and the pellets, last the longest. The injection forms are given one or twice a month, and the pellets are inserted once every three to four months.
The patch, topical solution, and gel products are applied to the skin once a day. The gel is usually applied on the upper body, such as the shoulders, upper arms, or chest. The patch can be applied to the back, stomach, upper arms, or thighs. The topical solution is applied to the underarms.
The buccal tablet, which is placed inside the gums, is used twice a day. The tablets and capsules are usually taken several times a day.
No specific dosing frequency is ideal for every individual. Although the long-acting testosterone medications are certainly more convenient, they allow for less frequent dosage adjustments. The short-acting forms are preferred in certain situations. For instance, short-acting forms are usually more appropriate if it is unclear how an individual might react to testosterone.

Cost of Low Testosterone Medicines

Due to the differences in insurance coverage and local variations in price, it is impossible to know which form of testosterone will be the most cost effective for all people. A phone call to your insurance company can help you figure out which forms are covered and what the costs will be.
If you do not have insurance coverage or if your insurance does not cover low testosterone medications, your pharmacist can help you compare the prices of your various options. One exception to this is the testosterone pellets, as they are not available at pharmacies (they are administered at your healthcare provider's office) and your pharmacist may not know how much that particular therapy might cost.
In many cases, the injectable forms of testosterone are the most cost effective, although this is not always the case.
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