Testosterone Undercanoate is generic name used to treat low T in males or hypogonadism symptoms. It is a sex hormone formulated to replace or supplement the naturally released testosterone in the male body.
How hormone drugs are modified?
An ester is added to testosterone’s basic chemical structure. Ester is a chain, which is composed of carbon and hydrogen atoms. The chain links with the hormone at specific location. It is designed to decrease the release, as it stretches away from the injection spot.
The parent or main hormone is testosterone. Slow-acting ester of testosterone is found in anabolic steroids. Some modified and branded examples are –
- Testosterone Cypionate
- Testosterone Propionate
- Testosterone decanoate
- Testosterone enanthate
Low T treatment needs to be monitored by a physician because testosterone is a potent hormone. Usually, low-T symptoms are experienced even before he visits the doctor, who verifies it with blood test.
Common low T symptoms
- Low sex drive
- Muscle mass loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Mental issues like mood swings, depression, anxiety, and lack of interest
Imbalance in testosterone levels can trigger some adverse effects. Testosterone injections need a prescription because they are categorized under controlled substance, which has the possibility of abuse or misuse.
Injectable form of Testosterone Uncecanoate is to be taken as an outpatient in a clinic hospital or at your physician’s office. Make sure that you are not allergic to the ingredients, before taking the injection.
Who cannot use Testosterone Uncecanoate?
- Patients with breast cancer
- Men having prostate issues
- Breastfeeding or pregnant women
- People on medication for liver, kidney, respiratory, and heart issues
- People having issues in controlling their calcium, sugar, and cholesterol levels
- Obese men
- Men taking corticosteroids and anticoagulation medicines
Injections are potent and can change the secretion levels of endocrine gland. Therefore dosage needs to be carefully balance. The doctor will need to experiment a little to determine a proper dosage.
Therefore, communicate clearly on how you feel, after the dosage changes.
Half life of Testosterone Undecanoate
Half life of Testosterone Undecanoate injections is longer. They are injected in your muscle tissue and dispersed slowly inside the circulatory system. Bloodstream components slowly pick them in small amounts, so they last longer. Thus, the effect of an injection can last for hours or days or weeks. It depends on the kind of ester.