Who should not take Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
TRT is not appropriate if you have prostate, testicular, breast or some other types of cancer. You should not undergo TRT if you are currently receiving chemo or radiation therapy or have had surgery within the past six weeks. Some medical conditions may prevent you from taking TRT, including swelling, shortness of breath, sleep apnea, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease or cirrhosis, alcoholism, untreated asthma, untreated COPD or emphysema, untreated diabetes, adrenal gland disorder, prostate enlargement, untreated thyroid disorder. Many professional, high school or college sports prohibit the use of testosterone injections.
If you test out as deficient in testosterone, or if you have symptoms of low testosterone, you likely want to do something about it. There are definitely over-the-counter supplements designed for this very purpose. ( Alpha Male® and Tribex® are the most potent.) And while effective, they're best used by healthy younger men who want a boost in T levels for bodybuilding purposes. They probably aren't the best choice for men who are clinically low and who've made the choice to undergo what's usually a lifetime commitment to testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT.