What it does:

DEPO-TESTOSTERONE delivers testosterone into the bloodstream through an injection into your gluteal muscle. DEPOTESTOSTERONE helps raise your testosterone to normal levels.

When it should not be used:

  • if you have prostate or breast cancer (confirmed or suspected by your doctor)
  • if you have difficulty in urinating due to an enlarged prostate
  • if you have a known allergy or sensitivities to any of the ingredients contained in DEPO-TESTOSTERONE, including testosterone USP that is chemically synthesized from soy (see “What the medicinal and nonmedicinal ingredients are” in this section).

DEPO-TESTOSTERONE should NOT be used by women. Pregnant and breast-feeding women are especially at risk. Testosterone may cause harm to your unborn baby.

What the medicinal ingredient is:

Testosterone cypionate

What the nonmedicinal ingredients are:

Benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, and cottonseed oil

What dosage forms it comes in:

DEPO-TESTOSTERONE is available in one strength, 100 mg

testosterone cypionate /mL.

DEPO-TESTOSTERONE is available in the following packaging:

100 mg per mL – In vials of 10 mL.


There is very little information from clinical trials with testosterone in the older male (>65 years of age) to support safe use for a long period of time.

DEPO-TESTOSTERONE is not recommended for use in children < 18 years of age.

DEPO-TESTOSTERONE can cause changes in your vision. It is called chorioretinopathy.

You should not use testosterone in an attempt to reduce weight and increase muscle, or improve athletic performance as it may cause serious health problems.

You should not use testosterone to treat sexual dysfunction or male infertility.

DEPO-TESTOSTERONE contains benzyl alcohol. The preservative benzyl alcohol has been associated with serious adverse events, including the “gasping syndrome” (difficulty in catching breath, low blood pressure, slow heart rate), and death in pediatric patients. Premature and low-birth weight infants may be more likely to develop toxicity.

Pregnancy: Benzyl alcohol can cross the placenta.

Before using DEPO-TESTOSTERONE, talk to your doctor if


  • have difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate.

Older patients may have a higher risk of developing an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer;

  • have prostate cancer (confirmed or suspected);
  • have liver, kidney or heart disease;
  • have high blood pressure (hypertension);
  • have diabetes;
  • have breathing problems during sleep (sleep apnea);
  • have heart or blood vessels problems or a history of these problems such as heart attack, stroke, or blood clots in the lungs or the legs.

Drug Abuse and Dependence: DEPO-TESTOSTERONE contains testosterone. Testosterone is a controlled substance because some people take it in high doses (abuse it), even if their body is making enough testosterone. Taking too much (abusing) testosterone can cause serious health problems, which can even lead to death (see Overdose).

Individuals who have abused testosterone may experience withdrawal symptoms lasting for weeks or months which include, but are not limited to: changes in mood, and appetite, as well as fatigue, insomnia, decreased sex drive and loss of function of the testes and ovaries.

Drug dependence in individuals using approved doses of testosterone for approved indications has not been documented.


Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other drugs or herbal products, even those without a prescription.

Drugs that include:

  • Insulin
  • Corticosteroids
  • Propranolol
  • Warfarin


DEPO-TESTOSTERONE should only be administered by a health care professional.

When you are given DEPO-TESTOSTERONE, your blood testosterone should be checked on a regular basis.

Usual dose: 200 mg is given intramuscularly (in the muscle) every two weeks.


In case of drug overdose, contact a health care practitioner, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms. Taking too much (abusing) testosterone for a long time can cause serious health problems, which can even lead to death. Some of the health problems include effects on the cardiovascular system, reproductive system and the liver, as well as serious psychiatric problems.

Missed Dose:

If you have missed a dose of DEPO-TESTOSTERONE, you should contact your doctor to schedule your next injection.


Like all medicines, DEPO-TESTOSTERONE can have side effects. The following side effects have been reported for testosterone products:

  • skin irritation or redness or rash at the application site;
  • increased prostatic specific antigen (PSA);
  • enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia);
  • an increase in red blood cell count, (hematocrit and


  • acne;
  • change in mood, depression;
  • prolonged or painful erection;
  • sleep disturbances caused by breathing problems;
  • aggression or aggressive behaviour;
  • breast enlargement and breast pain;
  • loss of hair and baldness;
  • high blood pressure;
  • weight gain;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • increased or irregular heart rate, blood clot in the lungs or

the legs;

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking DEPO-TESTOSTERONE, contact your doctor or pharmacist.