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Erectile Dysfunction: Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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What Are the Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

In general, testosterone replacement therapy is safe. It is associated with some side effects, including:

  • Acne or oily skin
  • Mild fluid retention
  • Stimulation of prostate tissue, with perhaps some increased urination symptoms such as a decreased stream or frequency
  • Breast enlargement
  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Worsening of sleep apnea (a sleep disorder that results in frequent night time awakenings and daytime sleepiness)
  • Decreased testicular size
  • Increased aggression and mood swings

Laboratory abnormalities that can occur with hormone replacement include:

  • Changes in cholesterol and lipid levels
  • Increase in red blood cell count
  • Decrease in sperm count, producing infertility (especially in younger men)
  • Increase in PSA

If you are taking hormone replacement therapy, regular follow-up appointments with your doctor are important.

Like any other medication, directions for administering testosterone should be followed exactly as your doctor orders. If you are unsure or have any questions about testosterone replacement therapy, ask your doctor.

 

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Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on June 05, 2013
Edited by John M. Baird, MD, FACS
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