There are numerous side effects associated with testosterone replacement therapy. Some are mild and others are severe. To avoid such side effects, it is best to wean off TRT gradually and under the close medical supervision of a qualified endocrinologist. In addition, you should take medications prescribed by your physician to reduce any side effects. There are numerous ways to safely wean off TRT, and all of them should be pursued only after you’ve discussed the risks and benefits with your doctor.
One of the advantages of TRT is that it can improve vitality and energy levels, reduce fatigue and depression, and stimulate the will to live. TRT helps patients adopt lifestyle modifications and improves compliance with treatment. It may also maintain the treatment effect even after TRT is discontinued. In one study, patients who went off TRT for five years had fewer symptoms than those who used TRT for more than five years.
The costs of TRT are high, ranging from $20 to $1,000 a month. It is important to talk to your doctor about the financial ramifications of coming off TRT after 5 years. A recent study in Japan reaffirmed the positive effects of TRT on libido in older men. However, it had no significant effect on memory, fatigue, mood, emotional state, and energy. In addition, TRT was associated with increased risks of heart disease and prostate cancer.