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Testopel is prescribed to replace low testosterone levels in adult men. It is also sometimes used in adolescent boys to help start puberty. The drug comes as a pellet that is inserted just beneath the skin, where it slowly releases testosterone as it dissolves. Some unapproved uses of Testopel include treating low testosterone levels in women, certain types of breast cancer in women, and erectile dysfunction.
What Is Testopel Used For?Testopel® (testosterone pellets) is a prescription medication approved as a replacement testosterone therapy in males with low testosterone levels due to a variety of causes. It may also be used to stimulate puberty in adolescent males for whom it is delayed.
Testopel is a long-acting hormone treatment. It comes as tiny pellets that are implanted in the fatty layer of tissue just beneath the skin (subcutaneously), where they release testosterone as they slowly dissolve over three to six months.
Using Testopel for Low TestosteroneTestosterone is the main male sex hormone. The majority of testosterone in the body is made by the gonads, or testes, in response to hormone signals sent out by the brain -- specifically, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. In general, low testosterone levels (known medically as hypogonadism) can result from problems with the testes themselves (called primary hypogonadism) or problems with the hypothalamus or pituitary gland (called secondary hypogonadism).
Symptoms of low testosterone may include:
- Low libido (sex drive)
- Impotence (erectile dysfunction, or ED)
- Fatigue and low energy
- Decreased muscle mass.
There are many different possible causes of low testosterone levels in men. Sometimes, however, the underlying cause is not known. Possible causes include but are not limited to:
- Chemotherapy or radiation
- Injury to the testes, hypothalamus, or adrenal gland
- Congenital abnormalities
- Surgical removal of one or both testicles.