Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Delatestryl (testosterone enanthate) is an androgen, a male sex hormone, used in men who do not make enough of a natural substance called testosterone. Delatestryl is available in generic form. Common side effects of Delatestryl include:
- skin color changes,
- increased or decreased sexual interest,
- breast swelling in men,
- numbness or tingly feeling,
- oily skin,
- hair loss,
- acne, and
- injection site reactions (pain, redness, or swelling).
In women, side effects of Delatestryl may also include:
- changes in menstrual periods,
- male-pattern hair growth (such as on the chin or chest),
- male pattern baldness, or
- enlarged clitoris.
Tell your doctor if you any serious side effects of Delatestryl including:
- mental/mood changes,
- trouble sleeping,
- signs of serious liver disease (such as persistent abdominal pain or nausea, unusual tiredness, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine),
- hands/ankles/feet swelling,
- unusual tiredness,
- shortness of breath, or
- fast or irregular heartbeat.
Dosage and duration of therapy with Delatestryl depends on the age, sex, diagnosis, patient's response to treatment, and appearance of adverse effects. Delatestryl may interact with blood thinners, or corticosteroids. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Delatestryl must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. It is recommended that women use 2 forms of birth control (e.g., condoms and birth control pills) while using this medication; consult your doctor. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. It may affect milk production and it may harm a nursing infant. Breastfeeding while using this drug is not recommended.
Our Delatestryl (testosterone enanthate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- swelling, rapid weight gain;
- increased or ongoing erection of the penis;
- bone pain, increased thirst, memory problems, restless feeling, confusion, nausea, loss of appetite, increased urination, weakness, muscle twitching; or
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Women receiving testosterone injection may develop male characteristics, which could be irreversible if testosterone treatment is continued. Call your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs of excess testosterone:
- changes in your menstrual periods;
- male-pattern hair growth (such as on the chin or chest);
- male pattern baldness;
- enlarged clitoris; or
- increase or decrease in sex drive.
Less serious side effects may include:
- breast swelling in men;
- headache, anxiety, depressed mood;
- numbness or tingly feeling; or
- pain or swelling where the medicine was injected.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate)
Endocrine and Urogenital, Female - The most common side effects of androgen therapy are amenorrhea and other menstrual irregularities, inhibition of gonadotropin secretion, and virilization, including deepening of the voice and clitoral enlargement. The latter usually is not reversible after androgens are discontinued. When administered to a pregnant woman, androgens cause virilization of the external genitalia of the female fetus.
Metabolic - Increased serum cholesterol.
Vascular Disorders - venous thromboembolism
Miscellaneous - Rarely, anaphylactoid reactions; inflammation and pain at injection site.
Drug Abuse And Dependence
DELATESTRYL® (Testosterone Enanthate Injection, USP) is classified as a controlled substance under the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 and has been assigned to Schedule III.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Delatestryl (Testosterone Enanthate)
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