While I’d love to discuss testosterone supplements and their side effects, I can’t — testosterone booster side effects are largely unknown, and there’s a good reason for that:
Boosters are all different.
There are dozens and dozens of these “products” on the market (and I hesitate to call them such and thus lend them legitimacy). They’re made by a variety of companies, and the FDA regulations that do exist are at times inadequate and are generally not well enforced.
They’re dietary supplements — and they’re nothing like the highly regulated sterile prescription injectables that legitimate hormone replacement providers prescribe.
They could contain just about anything.
Testosterone Booster Side Effects — Nobody Really Knows What They Are
The FDA does NOT approve dietary supplements, which means it’s largely up to the companies selling these products to ensure your safety.
It’s also completely up to these companies to determine what they put in their products — and it’s entirely possible these products don’t contain any of the ingredients they claim to.
After all, it’s only been a year and a half since multiple retailers were found to carry adulterated dietary supplements.
Sterile testosterone injectables require an incredible amount of oversight and testing to produce, as do all other FDA-approved hormone preparations. Testosterone boosters simply don’t have that oversight, which means they could basically contain anything.
At best, they’re inert and fail to address your symptoms.
At worst, they could damage your health — let’s not forget what happened with Ephedra before it was banned.
And There’s Another Problem — Because You’re Not Seeing a Medical Provider, Any Testosterone Booster Side Effects You Experience May Go Unnoticed
As I’ve written before, hypogonadism (having low testosterone, estrogen, or other hormones) is a medical condition — and it requires medical treatment.
Now, if you want to learn more about the side effects of medically supervised testosterone replacement therapy, you can do so here — but realize that this is very different from testosterone boosters or supplements.
And even if those supplements worked as advertised, there’s another, potentially worse issue:
You’re not being monitored.
When you come into one of our clinics, we evaluate you very carefully, through a series of rigorous tests, to determine if you suffer from hypogonadism. If you begin therapy, you’re evaluated regularly to ensure you’re responding to treatment.
If you report side effects, we adjust. Our clinical experience informs what we adjust, how we adjust it, when we adjust it, why we adjust it… and it may not be simply testosterone that we adjust.
Your body is filled with hormones — therapy isn’t a simple matter of increasing or reducing a single hormone.
Any legitimate testosterone replacement provider or hormone replacement provider is going to do the same. As treatment continues, it may be necessary to change the dose or type of treatment over time.
This isn’t something you can do yourself.
Forget Testosterone Boosters, With Side Effects That Are Unpredictable and Potentially Dangerous
Asking about testosterone booster side effects is asking the wrong question. If you think you might be suffering from low testosterone, speak with a medical provider. Find out what’s really going on in your body. Get individualized answers that we base on your actual needs.
And don’t let finances get in the way of your health. I’m guessing you’re looking into testosterone boosters because going to a clinic isn’t in the budget.
I understand, which is why we’ve worked hard to make treatment affordable.
And stay away from boosters and supplements.
—Augie Galindo, PA-C