Testosterone Enanthate Side Effects
What is Testosterone Enanthate?
Testosterone is a naturally occurring sex hormone produced in a man’s testicles. Small amounts of testosterone are also produced in a woman’s ovaries and adrenal system.
Testosterone Enanthate is used in men and boys to treat conditions caused by a lack of this hormone, such as delayed puberty, impotence, or other hormonal imbalances. This medicine is not for use in treating low testosterone without certain medical conditions or due to getting older.
Testosterone enanthate is used in women to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic) and cannot be treated with surgery.
Testosterone will not enhance athletic performance and should not be used for that purpose.
Testosterone Enanthate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is Side Effects?
Nausea, vomiting, headache, skin color changes, increased/decreased sexual interest, oily skin, hair loss, and acne may occur. Pain and redness at the injection site may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects when it is used at normal doses.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as anxiety, depression, increased anger), trouble sleeping/snoring, signs of serious liver disease (such as persistent abdominal pain/nausea, unusual tiredness, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), hands/ankles/feet swelling, unusual tiredness, fast/irregular heartbeat.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: shortness of breath/rapid breathing, chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, confusion, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, sudden/severe headaches, trouble speaking, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes.
If you are male, tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: trouble urinating, increased urination (especially at night), breast swelling/tenderness, too frequent/prolonged erections.
Rarely, males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours. If this occurs, stop using this drug and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur.
If you are female, tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: deepening of the voice, hoarseness, unusual facial/body hair growth, enlarged clitoris, irregular menstrual periods.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Malignant Neoplasm Of Liver
- Prostatic Carcinoma
- Suicidal Ideation
- Libido Changes
- Aggressive Behavior
- Acute Myocardial Infarction
- Pulmonary Thromboembolism
- Heart Failure
- Cerebrovascular Accident
- Deep Venous Thrombosis
- Venous Thrombosis
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Hepatic Necrosis
- Drug-Induced Hepatitis
- Peliosis Hepatis
- Disease Of Liver
- Bladder Irritability
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Testicular Atrophy
- Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Increased Pubic Hair
- Acne Vulgaris
- Sleep Apnea
- Headache Disorder
- Abdominal Pain With Cramps
- Injection Site Sequelae
- Raised Prostate Specific Antigen
- Injection Site Infection
Serious Side Effects
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Change in how much or how often you urinate, trouble urinating
- Chest pain, cough, trouble breathing, dizziness, tightening of your throat, unusual sweating
- Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Pain, redness, or swelling in your arm or leg
- Unusual mood or behavior, thoughts of killing oneself
Less Serious Side Effects
- Pain, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Acne, hoarse voice, facial hair growth (women)
- Changes in menstrual periods
- Swollen breasts (men)
- More erections than usual or erections that last a long time
Before taking this medicine
You should not be treated with this medicine if you are allergic to testosterone, or if you have:
- male breast cancer;
- prostate cancer;
- serious heart problems;
- severe liver disease;
- severe kidney disease; or
- an allergy to castor oil or sesame oil.
Testosterone Enanthate is not for use in women who are pregnant. This medicine can harm an unborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- high blood pressure;
- heart problems, coronary artery disease (clogged arteries);
- a heart attack or stroke;
- sleep apnea;
- an enlarged prostate and urination problems;
- high cholesterol or triglycerides;
- depression, anxiety, a mood disorder, suicidal thoughts or actions;
- high red blood cell (RBC) counts; or
- liver or kidney disease.
Using testosterone may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer, liver problems, or heart problems (including heart attack, stroke, or death). Ask your doctor about these risks.
Testosterone should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old. Some types of this medicine are not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How is Testosterone Enanthate given?
Testosterone is injected under the skin or into a muscle, usually given every 2 to 4 weeks. Testosterone Enanthates should be given only by a healthcare professional.
The length of treatment with Testosterone Enanthate will depend on the condition being treated.
Testosterone can raise your blood pressure, which could increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, or death. Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. You may need to stop using testosterone or start taking blood pressure medication.
You will need frequent blood tests.
Testosterone can affect bone growth in boys who are treated for delayed puberty. Bone development may need to be checked with x-rays every 6 months during treatment.
Testosterone Enanthate can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using testosterone.
Misuse of testosterone can cause dangerous or irreversible effects, such as enlarged breasts, small testicles, infertility, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, liver disease, bone growth problems, addiction, and mental effects such as aggression and violence. Stealing, selling, or giving away this medicine is against the law.
If you have used too much testosterone, stopping the medicine may caused unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, tiredness, irritability, loss of appetite, sleep problems, or decreased libido.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: “blood thinners” (such as warfarin).
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including thyroid tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.