For individuals allergic to cottonseed oil, a common component in testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) injections, seeking alternatives is crucial for a safe and effective treatment experience. Commercial pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and even Hone, usually supply testosterone dissolved in cottonseed oil. When dealing with injection reactions, here are viable options to consider:
Understanding the Challenge:
Unmodified testosterone has a half-life of approx. 10 minutes; to overcome this limitation, testosterone is dissolved in oil (cottonseed, grapeseed, sesame seed) to allow for sustained release into the circulation after injection.
Options for Those Allergic to Cottonseed Oil:
- Explore Compounding Pharmacies:
- Look for a compounding pharmacy near your location.
- Let the Hone support team know if you would prefer a pharmacy near you or a Hone-supported pharmacy.
- Provide Hone with the compounding pharmacy information.
- Personally speak to the pharmacist to specify your preference for testosterone dissolved in grapeseed oil.
- Consider Alternative Delivery Methods:
- Consult your Hone physician about changing your TRT delivery method.
- Explore options such as testosterone troches or creams, which may offer a suitable alternative to injections.
Benefits of Compounding Pharmacies:
- Compounding pharmacies have the flexibility to customize medications to meet individual needs.
- They may offer alternatives like testosterone dissolved in grapeseed oil, catering to specific allergies or preferences.
For individuals allergic to cottonseed oil, finding a suitable alternative for TRT injections is essential. Exploring compounding pharmacies that provide testosterone in grapeseed oil or discussing alternative delivery methods with your Hone physician ensures a tailored approach that aligns with your health needs and preferences. Open communication with healthcare professionals and pharmacists is key to a seamless transition to a suitable and effective TRT solution.
This article was written by Hone Health with the help of Hone's medical director, Dr. Jim Staheli.