Testosterone pellets are also known as implantable pellets which are cylindrically shaped in dimension of 3.2mm (1/8 inch) in diameter and almost 9mm in length. Testopel (Testosterone Pellets) for subcutaneous implantation contains 75mg testosterone. In addition each pellet contains the inactive ingredients – stearic acid NF 0.97mg and polyvinylpyrrolidone USP 2mg. The pellets themselves are made up from estradiol or testosterone, along with a very small dose of stearic acid. The combination of these hormones is compressed into tiny solid cylinders. They are highly functional and are made such a way so as to lower the chance of side effects. It is recommendedin medical data that the use of pellet implantation for hormone replacement therapy is one of the most active methods to safely deliver hormones in both men and women.
Testosterone pellets are inserted seamlessly and without pain because the procedure is normally carried out under local anesthesia. It is normal for the testosterone pellets to be inserted into the upper area of the buttocks via a tiny incision. It is not fully free from side effects and some complications may occur as a result of inserting the pellets which include minor bruising, bleeding, skin infections, and discoloration of the skin. Comparing to other testosterone gainer, this technique is adopted to lower the chance of side effects arising from the drug consumption.
When it comes to taking medications according to direction, following dosage instructions, and maintaining a medication schedule that provides the greatest benefits; it is found effective for both men and women, Pellets work much the same way as any longer-term testosterone replacement therapy when it comes to supplements.
Before implanting the pellet, a doctor needs to undergo diagnosis of hypogonadism. Dosage recommendations will be based on age and certain health factors. Studies have not determined whether pellets are effective or safe for older men who have lower levels due to normal aging processes. In some situations, an individual will be cautioned against use of testosterone pellets due to potential drug interactions or contraindications for use.
The following behaviours contribute to continued abuse of testosterone and other anabolic steroids, leading to addiction:
- Taking more than the recommended dosages
- Continued / Regular use of the drug despite medical and social problems
- Spending significant time to obtain the drug when supplies of the drug are interrupted
- Having difficulty in discontinuing the drug despite desires and attempts to do so
- Giving a higher priority to drug use than other obligations
The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of testosterone replacement therapy-
- Implantation Site Infection and Pellet Extrusion
- Skin and Appendages.
- Endocrine and Urogenital, Male Gynecomastia and Oligospermia
- Cardiovascular Disorders
- Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances
- Increased serum cholesterol
- Increased or decreased libido, headache, anxiety
- Venous thromboembolism
- Rarely anaphylactoid reactions
This drug has not been shown to be safe and effective for the enhancement of athletic performance. This drug should not be used for such purpose because of the probable risk for serious adverse health effects. Adequate effect of the pellets ordinarily continues for three to four months, sometimes as long as six months.