testosterone undecanoate (Aveed)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

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GENERIC NAME: testosterone undecanoate

BRAND NAME: Aveed

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Testosterone undecanoate is a long-acting man-made version of testosterone, the natural male sexual hormone. Testosterone is responsible for the normal growth and development of male sex organs and characteristics. It includes growth and development of male organs of penis, testicles, prostate, body hair, vocal cord thickening, and muscle and fat distribution. The FDA approved testosterone undecanoate in March 2014.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Testosterone undecanoate is prescribed for adult males with deficiency or absence of testosterone due to primary hypogonadism or hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of testosterone undecanoate are:

Special Warning: Aveed may cause a serious lung problem called pulmonary oil microembolism (POME) as well as a serious allergic reaction after receiving the injection.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Injection: 250 mg/ml

STORAGE: Testosterone undecanoate is stored between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F), in original cartons until use.

DOSING: Males over 18 years of age: The recommended dose of testosterone undecanoate is 750 mg (3 ml) intramuscularly; followed by 750 mg (3 ml) intramuscularly after 4 weeks, then 750 mg (3 ml) intramuscularly every 10 weeks thereafter.

Safe and effective use of testosterone undecanoate is not determined for males under 18 years of age.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Testosterone should be used cautiously with warfarin (Coumadin) because testosterone can reduce breakdown of warfarin, leading to increased warfarin blood levels and bleeding risk.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/13/2015

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