Home > Drugs A – Z > Testosterone (By injection)

PubMed Health. A service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Micromedex DrugNotes [Internet]. Truven Health Analytics, an IBM company; 1974-2017.

Micromedex DrugNotes [Internet].

Testosterone (By injection)

Testosterone (tes-TOS-ter-one)

Published: April 1, 2017.

Treats low testosterone levels. Also treats breast cancer in women and delayed puberty in male teenagers.

Brand Name(s)

Aveed, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Depo-Testosterone Novaplus, PremierPro RX Depo-Testosterone, Testone CIK

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to testosterone, benzyl benzoate, or refined castor oil. A man should not receive this medicine if he has breast cancer or prostate cancer. A woman should not receive this medicine if she is pregnant or breastfeeding.

How to Use This Medicine


  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles. It is usually given in the buttocks.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
  • Missed dose: Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, an enlarged prostate, heart disease, high cholesterol, lung disease, sleep apnea, or a history of heart attack or stroke.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
  • This medicine can be habit-forming. Do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor if you think your medicine is not working.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne, hoarse voice, facial hair growth (women)
  • More erections than usual or erections that last a long time
  • Pain or redness where the shot was given
  • Swollen breasts (men)

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

© 2017 Truven Health Analytics LLC Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

PubMed Health Blog...

read all...

Recent Activity

Your browsing activity is empty.

Activity recording is turned off.

Turn recording back on

See more...