Once starting TRT, patients should notice improved energy levels, exercise tolerance, libido and erectile function within the first few weeks of therapy. Long term results may include weight loss, especially when combined with a vigorous exercise and nutrition regimen. Optimal results will be achieved within about three to six months. Periodic symptom and blood monitoring is essential to good therapeutic response. Once your UCLA Men’s Clinic physician has you on a stable dosing regimen, he or she will check bloodwork every 6 months or so to ensure safety.
Other side effects include increased risk of heart problems in older men with poor mobility, according to a 2009 study at Boston Medical Center. A 2017 study published in JAMA found that treatments increase coronary artery plaque volume. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufactures to include a notice on the labeling that states taking testosterone treatments can lead to possible increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. The FDA recommends that patients using testosterone should seek medical attention right away if they have these symptoms: