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Generic name: testosterone oraltes-TOS-ter-one ]
Drug class: Androgens and anabolic steroids

Medically reviewed by Philip Thornton, DipPharm. Last updated on Aug 22, 2023.

What is Jatenzo?

Jatenzo (testosterone) is a liquid filled capsule used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who have hypogonadism (a condition in which the body does not produce enough natural testosterone).

Jatenzo is used only for men with low testosterone levels caused by certain medical conditions, including disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, (a small gland in the brain), or hypothalamus (a part of the brain) that cause hypogonadism.

Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your testosterone levels to see if they are low before you begin to take this medicine.

Jatenzo should not be used treat the symptoms of low testosterone in men who have low testosterone due to aging ('age-related hypogonadism').

Jatenzo is not intended for use by women.

Testosterone is a hormone produced by the body that contributes to the growth, development, and functioning of the male sexual organs and typical male characteristics. Jatenzo works by replacing testosterone that is normally produced by the body.

It is not known if testosterone is safe or effective in children younger than 18 years old. Improper use may affect bone growth in children.

Jatenzo is a controlled substance because it contains testosterone that can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines. Keep this medicine in a safe place to protect it. Never give your Jatenzo to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms you have. Selling or giving away this medicine may harm others and is against the law.


You should not be treated with Jatenzo if you have prostate cancer, male breast cancer, or low testosterone levels due to getting older.

Testosterone can increase your blood pressure, which can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, or death. You may need to stop using Jatenzo or start taking blood pressure medication.

Jatenzo should not be used to enhance athletic performance.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take Jatenzo if you are allergic to testosterone, or if you have:

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Jatenzo is not approved for use in women.

It may be harder for you to get a woman pregnant while you are using this medicine.

Using Jatenzo may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. Ask your doctor about your individual risk.

How should I take Jatenzo?

Take Jatenzo as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose.

Your doctor will perform tests to make sure this medicine is the right treatment for you.

The recommended starting dose of Jatenzo is 237 mg taken orally twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Take with food.

You will need frequent blood tests and your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your next dose may be delayed based on the results.

Do not keep leftover medicine. Just one dose can cause death in someone using it accidentally or improperly. Ask your pharmacist about a drug take-back program.

Testosterone may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction or death. Keep the medication where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Jatenzo?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Jatenzo side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Jatenzo: hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Testosterone can increase your blood pressure, which can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, or death. You may need to stop using this medicine or start taking blood pressure medication.

Jatenzo may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

Common Jatenzo side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Jatenzo?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with testosterone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

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Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Jatenzo only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.