When males are diagnosed with hypogonadism, physicians frequently recommend testosterone therapy (Low Testosterone). If untreated, the condition, which is typically detected by a blood test, can lead to decreased libido, lack of energy, poor sleep, increased rage, and extra body fat, particularly around the stomach. The fact that tablets must travel through the liver, which may raise the danger of adverse effects, accounts for the fact that they are probably the least popular of all the prescription therapy options.
A common treatment plan will look something like this:
- During Weeks 1 – 3 the daily dose is usually between 120mg and 160mg
- After the initial 3 weeks, the daily dose is often reduced to amounts between 40 and 120mg
It is recommended that to maintain the androgenic effect over a 24-hr period that the tablets are taken 12 hrs apart each day… It is crucial to not break, crush or otherwise destroy the outer coating of the capsule as this could reduce its effects and increase the potential for side effects.
The following negative effects of testosterone pills can also occur, in addition to the dangers linked with other drug-based testosterone treatments, like:
- Gum Pain
- Breathing Issues
- Changes in testicular shape and /or size
- Chest Pains
- Allergic reactions
Pill based remedies can also cause stomach and digestive orders, sickness and changes to the appearance of stools.
Common Testosterone Medications
The term “Buccal Pills” refers to some pills that are not actually swallowed but rather placed behind the lip and in front of the incisor tooth. The active ingredient of the pill is then allowed to dissolve over time in the mouth cavity, passing directly through the mouth tissues and into the bloodstream. This helps to bypass the liver and can lower the risk of some side effects. Sublingual Pills are another type of medication that dissolves beneath the tongue.
A man going through the andropause will experience a slow and steady reduction in testosterone production; in some men, the effects (reduced muscle mass, libido, and moods) are so slow and gradual that the man himself hardly notices any effects. This is in contrast to women, who as they approach menopause may find their levels of estrogen dropping dramatically.
With lower libido and/or erectile dysfunction being the main issue for many men, testosterone replacement medication might help lessen the consequences. The difficulty is that many men find it challenging or are just unable or reluctant to discuss these difficulties with their doctor.