As a prescription hormone medication, Testopel can help treat low testosterone levels in men. It comes in the form of a tiny pellet that is injected just beneath the skin. As the pellet dissolves, it slowly releases testosterone into the body over three to six months. Possible side effects include acne, headaches, and reactions at the injection site.
What Is Testopel?
Testopel® (testosterone pellets) is a prescription medication approved to treat low testosterone levels due to a variety of causes in men. The medication comes as a tiny pellet that is inserted just beneath the skin every three to four months. As the pellet dissolves, it releases testosterone into the body.
Testopel is a Schedule III controlled substance. This means it has the potential for abuse. As a Schedule III controlled substance, there are strict laws and regulations controlling its sale and use.
Testopel is made by Bartor Pharmacal for Slate Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
How Does Testopel Work?
Testopel is a tiny pellet that contains testosterone. The pellet is inserted into the fatty layer of tissue just beneath the skin. Once there, the pellet slowly dissolves, releasing testosterone into the body for three to four months (or sometimes as long as six months). As a result, testosterone blood levels increase.
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