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Generic name: testosterone injection [ tes-TOS-ter-one ]
Brand names: Aveed, Depo-Testosterone, Testosterone Cypionate, Testosterone Enanthate, Xyosted
Drug class: Androgens and anabolic steroids

What is Aveed?

Testosterone occurs naturally in the testicles of men. A woman's adrenal glands and ovaries also produce small amounts of testosterone.Aveed is used by men and boys for conditions that are caused by a lack of this hormone. These include impotence or other hormonal imbalances. This medicine is not for use to treat low testosterone due to age or certain medical conditions.Testosterone enanthate can be used by women for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, which has spread beyond the breast. Surgery cannot treat this type of cancer.Aveed is not a drug that should be used to improve athletic performance.This medication guide does not list all possible uses for Aveed.

Side effects of Aveed

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.If you experience a tightness in your throat or an urge to cough or feel lightheaded or short of breath during or after the injection, tell your carers immediately.You will be closely monitored for at least 30 minutes to ensure you don't have an allergic reaction to the injectable.

Aveed can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Pain in your chest or pressure that spreads to your jaw, shoulder, or neck
  • Breathing problems during the night (sleep apnea);
  • Rapid weight gain; ankle and foot swellings;
  • A seizure;
  • Unusual changes in mood or behaviour
  • Increased or continuing erection, problems with ejaculation, reduced amounts of semen, and decreased testicle size
  • Increased urination during the night; painful or difficult urination;
  • High levels of calcium can cause stomach pain, constipation, increased thirst, weakness or muscle pain, joint discomfort, confusion, fatigue, or restlessness.
  • High potassium level: nausea, tingly feelings, chest pains, irregular heartbeats, and loss of mobility;
  • Liver problems: right-sided upper stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, dark urine, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
  • Signs of a deep blood clot: swelling, warmth, or redness on an arm or limb;
  • Signs of a blood clot in the lungs: chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing blood;
  • Signs of a stroke include sudden numbness and weakness, especially on one side; a severe headache; slurred or shaky speech; and balance problems.

If the treatment continues, women may develop masculine characteristics. This could be irreversible. If you notice these signs, call your doctor immediately.

  • Acne;
  • Changes to your menstrual cycle (including missed periods )
  • Male-pattern hair growth on chest or chin.
  • The voice becomes hoarse or deeper.
  • The enlarged clitoris

If you experience certain side effects, your Aveeds could be discontinued or delayed.

For men or women, common side effects include:

  • Breast swelling
  • Male-pattern hair loss, acne;
  • Increased or decreased interest in sexual activity;
  • Headache anxiety;
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Feeling of tingling or numbness;
  • Abnormal liver function tests
  • High red blood cell count (hematocrit, haemoglobin)
  • Increased PSA (prostate-specific antigen)
  • Pain, bruising or bleeding, redness, or a hard lump may occur where the medicine has been injected.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Similar/related drugs

testosterone, AndroGel, Xyosted, depo-testosterone, chorionic gonadotropin (hcg), and pregnyl


If you are suffering from prostate or male breast cancer, severe liver and kidney disease, or an allergy to sesame or castor oils, then testosterone should be avoided. Aveed should not be used to treat low testosterone that isn't caused by certain medical conditions or aging. Testosterone shouldn't be used to improve athletic performance.Women who are pregnant should not use Aveed.You may need to stop using testosterone or start taking blood pressure medication if you are at risk for heart attacks, strokes, or death. You may have to stop using the testosterone or take blood pressure medication.The misuse of testosterone can have dangerous or irreversible side effects. Do not share this medication with anyone else.

Before you take this drug

This medicine should not be used if:

  • Male breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Heart problems are serious.
  • Severe liver disease
  • Severe kidney disease
  • An allergy to sesame or castor oil

Women who are pregnant should not use Aveed. The medicine may harm the unborn child.

Tell your doctor about any of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems coronary arterial disease
  • A heart attack or stroke
  • Sleep apnea is a condition that causes sleep interruptions.
  • Urination and prostate problems
  • High cholesterol (or triglycerides);
  • Cancer;
  • Depression; anxiety; a mental disorder; thoughts or actions of suicide.
  • Diabetes;
  • High red blood cell counts (rbcs);
  • Liver or kidney disease

Testosterone can increase your risk for prostate cancer, liver disease, and heart problems (including strokes, heart attacks, or even death). These risks should be discussed with your doctor.Breastfeeding is not recommended for women who use testosterone.A child under 12 should not receive testosterone. Certain types of this medication are not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

How to take Aveed?

Injections of testosterone are given under the skin or into muscles. This is done every 2 to 4 weeks. Only a health professional should administer Aveeds.The duration of treatment will vary depending on the condition that is being treated.Testosterone may raise blood pressure and increase your risk for a heart attack, stroke, or death. You will need to check your blood pressure regularly. You may have to stop using testosterone or take blood pressure medication.You will require frequent blood tests.In boys being treated for delayed puberty, testosterone can have an effect on bone growth. It may be necessary to check the development of bones every six months while on treatment.Certain medical tests can be affected by Aveed. Inform any doctor that you use testosterone.Misuse can lead to dangerous or irreversible side effects. These include enlarged breasts and small testicles. Infertility. High blood pressure. Heart attack. Stroke. Liver disease. Bone growth problems. Addiction. And mental effects like aggression and violence. Theft, sale, or distribution of this medicine are illegal.Stopping the medication can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as depression or tiredness. It may also lead to sleep issues, loss of appetite, and decreased libido.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are unable to attend your Aveed appointment, call your doctor.

What happens if I overdose?

Aveed will be administered by a health professional in a medical environment, so an overdose should not occur.

Aviod this

If your doctor prescribes any restrictions regarding food, beverage, or activity, follow their instructions.

Interaction with other drug

Inform your physician of any medications taken other than those listed here, including but not limited to:

  • Insulin, or oral diabetes medication;
  • Medicine to treat pain, cold symptoms, or cough;
  • A blood thinner: warfarin coumadin jantoven
  • Steroid medicine—prednisone, dexamethasone, and others.

This list is incomplete. This list is not complete. This list does not encompass all potential drug interactions.