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Warnings:

This medication can rarely cause a certain serious lung problem (pulmonary oil microembolism-POME), caused by tiny droplets of oil that have traveled to the lungs. Symptoms may include cough/urge to cough, difficulty breathing, sweating, tightening of the throat, chest pain, dizziness, or fainting. Most of the time, symptoms last only a few minutes and improve with medical help. However, symptoms have sometimes lasted up to several hours, or worsened and required treatment in a hospital. Serious (rarely fatal) allergic reactions may also occur. These side effects may happen during or right after each injection. To be sure that you do not have a serious reaction, you will need to stay in a health care setting for 30 minutes after each injection so your doctor can carefully monitor you and provide medical help if needed.

This medication is available only through a restricted program called the Aveed REMS Program. Only doctors enrolled in the program may prescribe or give this medication. These requirements apply in the United States. If you live in Canada or any other country, consult your doctor and pharmacist for your country's regulations.

Uses

This medication is used in men who do not make enough of a natural substance called testosterone. Testosterone belongs to a class of drugs known as androgens. Testosterone helps the body to develop and maintain male sexual characteristics (masculinity), such as a deep voice and body hair. It also helps to maintain muscle and prevent bone loss, and is necessary for natural sexual ability/desire.Testosterone may also be used in certain adolescent boys to cause puberty in those with delayed puberty.This product should not be used in women.

How to use Testosterone Undecanoate Solution

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you receive an injection. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection into the buttock muscle as directed by your doctor. After the first dose, it is usually given 4 weeks later, then every 10 weeks. The dosage is based on your medical condition, testosterone blood levels, and response to treatment.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use a calendar to mark the days you will receive an injection.

Misuse or abuse of testosterone can cause serious side effects such as heart disease (including heart attack), stroke, liver disease, mental/mood problems, abnormal drug-seeking behavior, or improper bone growth (in adolescents). Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. When testosterone is misused or abused, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, irritability, tiredness) when you suddenly stop using the drug. These symptoms may last from weeks to months.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

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