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Methitest is a steroid used primarily to treat low testosterone levels in men. This medication can also be prescribed to treat symptoms of advanced, inoperable breast cancer in women. Available in the form of a tablet, this drug is taken at least once a day, sometimes up to four times a day. Common side effects include liver problems, acne, and decreased sperm count.

What Is Methitest?

Methitest® (methyltestosterone tablets) is a prescription medication approved to treat low testosterone levels in men due to various causes. It is also approved to help alleviate the symptoms of inoperable, late-stage breast cancer in women. This drug is an anabolic steroid; as a result, it is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. This means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
 
(Click Methitest Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes Methitest?

Methitest is made by IMPAX Laboratories, Inc., for Global Pharmaceutical Corporation.
 

How Does It Work?

Methitest contains the hormone testosterone that has been slightly altered, making it methyltestosterone. Testosterone itself is not usually given by mouth. When medications are taken by mouth, they must first pass through the liver before they reach the bloodstream.
 
The liver metabolizes testosterone extensively before it has a chance to reach the bloodstream, and adequate blood levels usually cannot be achieved. However, methyltestosterone is less extensively metabolized, making adequate blood levels more easily attained.
 
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