What Is Testopel?
) 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.
Who Makes This Medication?
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.
When and How to Use It
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Testopel include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a pellet, which is inserted using an injection just beneath the skin (subcutaneously) every three to four months.
- The Testopel pellet is inserted in a healthcare setting, such as your doctor's office or clinic.
- You should avoid swimming, using a hot tub, or lifting heavy weights for a few days after receiving your Testopel injection to help reduce the chance of the pellet coming out.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Make sure to keep your appointments with your healthcare provider to receive subsequent injections.