Methyltestosterone is an altered form of testosterone prescribed to treat low testosterone levels in men. It can also help relieve symptoms of advanced breast cancer in women. Because this form of testosterone is altered, it can be taken orally as a capsule or tablet. It is typically taken one to four times daily. Possible side effects include acne, liver problems, and a decreased sperm count.

What Is Methyltestosterone?

Methyltestosterone (Methitest®, Testred®) 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.
Because it is an anabolic steroid, methyltestosterone is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. This means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use.
(Click What Is Methyltestosterone Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, methyltestosterone may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Possible side effects of methyltestosterone include but are not limited to:
  • Acne
  • Liver problems
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Menstrual irregularities (in women)
  • Development of male characteristics (in women).
(Click Methyltestosterone Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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