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Testosterone Injections Overdose – How Can it Occur?

Written by Author - Authors Medical experts of the National HRT Clinic - April 12, 2016

Testosterone Injections

The most important thing you need to know about testosterone injections overdose is that this situation would most likely not produce life-threatening concerns or symptoms.

Any drug overdose can occur if too much of that medication is administered at one time. Knowing that, in this case, rushing off to the hospital probably is not necessary is one positive factor.

Since one’s life will most likely not be in danger, what would be the concerns about testosterone overdose in males?

What can cause a testosterone overdose?

Drug interactions can affect how well testosterone therapy is tolerated by the body, as well as its performance.

Doctors will need to know about any and all medications, vitamins, supplements, herbal items, minerals, and over-the-counter products before prescribing testosterone injections.

Blood thinners, insulin or other diabetes medications, and steroid use must be discussed before beginning treatment with supplemental testosterone.

Buying testosterone without a doctor’s prescription can lead to overdosing. This means administering more medication than the body requires to achieve a proper balance.

Only experienced hormone specialist understands how to determine the best dosage for each individual in order to avoid any unwanted symptoms of testosterone overdose.

Problems with administering too much testosterone usually occur when people buy this medication off of unregulated internet websites without first seeking the guidance of a medical specialist.

This is not something that the personal trainer can determine at the gym, or by conducting research online.

In order to avoid any adverse testosterone overdose effects, please contact a medical clinic such as National HRT for guidance in testosterone treatment.

What are the symptoms of testosterone overdose?

There are a few different types of concerns when testosterone use is in question – overdosing and allergic reactions.

While rare, some individuals may discover hives, swelling, rashes, or difficulty breathing after administering testosterone. Contact a doctor at once if any of these issues appear.

In many cases, the allergy may be caused by some inactive ingredient in the medication. These warning signs are different from an overdose of testosterone.

The biggest concern stemming from administering too much testosterone is the risk of potential side effects.

The good news here is that lowering the dosage of testosterone that is injected will typically reduce and reverse these side effects while still providing desired results.

Symptoms of testosterone overdose include:

  • Changes in skin oiliness and adult acne
  • Issues with stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Increase or decrease in urination
  • Anxiety, uneasy feelings, or depression
  • Prolonged erection or changes in erectile function
  • Rapid changes in weight – up or down
  • Hair loss
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Breast enlargement (men)
  • Enlarged clitoris (women)
  • Male pattern balding (women)
  • Numbness or tingling feeling
  • Headache

Please let the prescribing doctor know at once if any of these potential testosterone overdose symptoms should occur. In many cases, any changes will subside on their own once the body gets used to the change in testosterone level brought about by this treatment.

If this reversal does not occur, the doctor will most likely adjust the dosage being administered.

How to avoid an overdose on testosterone

The obvious best way to avoid a testosterone overdose is to follow all prescribing instructions as directed. This process actually begins before receiving a prescription by ensuring that all proper diagnostic steps have been completed.

The process of getting a testosterone prescription includes:

  1. A consultation with a hormone replacement specialist
  2. Blood analysis to rule out other medical issues and verify testosterone deficiency
  3. Physical examination to rule out other health concerns and confirm the ability to receive testosterone therapy
  4. Completion of a comprehensive medical history questionnaire
  5. Follow-up consultations with the hormone specialist to discuss diagnosis and treatment

These steps will reduce the risks associated with testosterone overdose side effects. The follow-up to that is ensuring that all medication comes directly from licensed US pharmacies, and is not sent in from overseas.

Testosterone is one of the world’s most counterfeited medications, and that concern will not be the case when getting prescriptions filled right here in the US at regulated pharmacies

To avoid an unexpected overdose, testosterone treatment should be prescribed and overseen by a trained and experienced hormone replacement specialist.

We are happy to offer free consultations to men and women concerned about hormone deficiency in their lives.

Medically reviewed by   Reviewers National HRT Staff - Updated on March 19, 2023

Please note that the information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.