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- What is testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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- Do I need a prescription for testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule?
- What are the side effects of testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule?
- What is the dosage for testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule?
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What is testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What are the side effects of testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule?
Side effects of testosterone undecanoate are:
- injection site pain,
- increased prostate specific antigen (PSA),
- increased estradiol,
- insomnia, and
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What is the dosage for testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule?
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.
Which drugs or supplements interact with testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule?
Is testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Testosterone undecanoate is not recommended for pregnant women or in women who may become pregnant. Testosterone undecanoate causes fetal harm; therefore, it must be avoided.
Although it is not known whether testosterone undecanoate enters breast milk, it is not recommended for nursing mothers due to high risks of infant harm and serious adverse events.
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What preparations of testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule are available?
Injection: 250 mg/ml
How should I keep testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule stored?
Testosterone undecanoate is stored between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F), in original cartons until use.
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- testicular trauma,
- testicular torsion,
- testicular cancer,
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Common symptoms of pain in the testicle or testicles are
- abdominal pain,
- urinary pain or incontinence,
- vomiting, and
- pain in the scrotum or testicle.
Treatment depends on the cause of the testicular pain or pain in the testicles.
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