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What are the Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Treatment?

In this post we take a look at the definition of ‘Long Term Use’ when it comes to testosterone treatments aka: boosters.  We look at potential problems with long term use, What happens when you stop and finally, How long do testosterone replacement withdrawals typically last?

Righto – Off we go!!

What is considered Long Term Testosterone Use?


Prolonged testosterone use can be considered 6 months continual use (cycling) of steroidal testosterone. That could be boosting Testosterone to enhance physique, or replacement of lost T during Andropause.

Further down this post we look at how how long these withdrawals should last. 

According to the Addiction Center, Testosterone Replacement Withdrawal is not potentially fatal, but can seriously impact self esteem and motivation. Below we have listed some of the symptoms associated with prolonged testosterone steroid use. 


Potential problems with long term testosterone replacement:


A symptom can also be called a side-effect. All medicines with an effect by nature also have a side effect. Symptoms or side effects can range from mild to severe, and can include any combination of the following:

 

  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Drug cravings

 

We should point out that it’s unlikely for a person to experience all of the above symptoms of withdrawal from testosterone. Likewise, just because someone isn’t experiencing all symptoms, this doesn’t mean they are not experiencing withdrawing from testosterone enhancement.

 

What happens during testosterone withdrawal?


According to the Addiction Center, withdrawals are considered not potentially fatal, but can seriously impact self esteem and motivation. This list contains withdrawal symptoms associated with long term androgen anabolic steroidal testosterone use. Once again, we are keen to make clear that it is generally a combination of some of the symptoms and not all which may apply. 

Symptoms associated with using testosterone type treatments may include;

 

    • Depression
    • Headaches
    • Anxiety
    • Trouble concentrating
    • Insomnia
    • Lack of appetite
    • Decreased sex drive
    • Fatigue
    • Joint pain
    • Muscle aches
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Weakness
    • Decrease in blood pressure
    • Abdominal pain
    • Diarrhea
    • Weight loss
    • Drug cravings

 

Any one symptom on the above list can itself be very serious, and if you’re reading this Blog Post because you’re unwell, head straight to an emergency department. To get the best help, make sure your super polite to our awesome Nurse’s.  It may seem as though nobody works fast enough around here, but remember, using anabolic steroids or testo boosters, whatever you want to call them, speeds up the metabolism and it’s our body-tempo is out of step, not the Emergency Department Staff. Treat them how you would expect your family to be treated if they happened to work there. You will get far better service this way. 

 

How long do Symptoms from Testosterone Withdrawal last?


The level or degree of withdrawal is determined by three factors:

  1.  how long they have been using testosterone
  2.  frequency of use
  3.  dosage
  4.  route of administration i.e. capsule or injectables
  5.  the health of the individual
  6.  half-life of the testosterone ester/drug (explained below)

Speaking in general terms, testosterone withdrawal can last between seven and fourteen days. Then it’s time to get outside in the Sun as your Vitamin D levels would’ve taken a dive most likely. 

 

collage of testosterone brand packaging

Click this image to see the lists of testosterone treatments marketed to date, in the Prescription Testosterone Archive – Types of Testosterone..

 

What does ‘testo booster half-life’ mean?

Another key factor when it comes to the length of the testosterone withdrawal process, is the ‘half-life’ of the steroid being used.

The length of time a drug remains effective is known as the drug’s half-life. It takes longer to withdraw from steroids with longer half-lives. The longer the testo booster half-life, the longer the symptoms aka: side effects will linger. With these long acting androgen steroids, it’s easy to forget something – In that super-charged physical and mental state, things can break, literally.

So be careful in there!!

Thanks for reading, happy lifting !  

Guy Saywell, sometime writer, full time manager @TestoChecker Hormone Test Kits, Gordon, NSW, Australia.

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