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Testosterone propionate, sold under the brand name Testoviron among others, is an androgen and anabolic steroid (AAS) medication which is used mainly in the treatment of low testosterone levels in men.[4][1][5] It has also been used to treat breast cancer in women.[6] It is given by injection into muscle usually once every two to three days.[5][7][8]

Testosterone propionate
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Clinical data
Trade namesTestoviron, others
SynonymsTP; Testosterone propanoate; Testosterone 17β-propanoate; Propionyltestosterone; NSC-9166
Routes of
administration
Intramuscular injection, buccal
Drug classAndrogen; Anabolic steroid; Androgen ester
Legal status
Legal status
Pharmacokinetic data
BioavailabilityOral: very low
Intramuscular: very high
MetabolismLiver
Elimination half-lifeIntramuscular: 0.8 days (~20 hours)[1][2][3]
ExcretionUrine
Identifiers
CAS Number
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Chemical and physical data
FormulaC22H32O3
Molar mass344.495 g/mol g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)

Side effects of testosterone propionate include symptoms of masculinization like acne, increased hair growth, voice changes, and increased sexual desire.[5] The drug is a synthetic androgen and anabolic steroid and hence is an agonist of the androgen receptor (AR), the biological target of androgens like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).[9][5] It has strong androgenic effects and moderate anabolic effects, which make it useful for producing masculinization and suitable for androgen replacement therapy.[5] Testosterone propionate is a testosterone ester and a relatively short-acting prodrug of testosterone in the body.[7][4][1] Because of this, it is considered to be a natural and bioidentical form of testosterone.[10]

Testosterone propionate was discovered in 1936 and was introduced for medical use in 1937.[11][4] It was the first testosterone ester to be marketed, and was the major form of testosterone used in medicine until about 1960.[4][5] The introduction of longer-acting testosterone esters like testosterone enanthate, testosterone cypionate, and testosterone undecanoate starting in the 1950s resulted in testosterone propionate mostly being superseded.[4][5] As such, it is rarely used today.[5][12] In addition to its medical use, testosterone propionate is used to improve physique and performance.[5] The drug is a controlled substance in many countries and so non-medical use is generally illicit.[5]

Medical usesEdit

Testosterone propionate is used primarily in androgen replacement therapy. It is specifically approved for the treatment of hypogonadism in men, breast cancer, low sexual desire, delayed puberty in boys, and menopausal symptoms.[13]

Androgen/anabolic steroid dosages for breast cancer

Route/form Androgen Dosage
Oral Methyltestosterone 30–200 mg/day
Fluoxymesterone 10–40 mg 3x/day
Calusterone 40 mg 4x/day
Normethandrone 40 mg/day
IM injection Testosterone propionate 50–100 mg 3x/week
Testosterone enanthate 200–400 mg 1x/2–4 weeks
Testosterone cypionate 200–400 mg 1x/2–4 weeks
Methandriol (aq. susp.) 100 mg 3x/week
Androstanolone (aq. susp.) 300 mg 3x/week
Drostanolone propionate 100 mg 3x/week
Nandrolone decanoate 50–100 mg 1x/1–3 weeks
Nandrolone phenylpropionate 50–100 mg/week
Notes: Dosages are not necessarily equivalent. Sources: See template.

Available formsEdit

Testosterone propionate is usually provided as an oil solution for use by intramuscular injection.[5] It was also previously available as an 30 mg or 50 mg aqueous suspension.[14] Buccal tablets of testosterone propionate were previously available as well.[5]

Side effectsEdit

PharmacologyEdit

PharmacodynamicsEdit

Relative androgenic to anabolic
activity in animals

Medication Ratio
Testosterone 1:1
Testosterone cypionate 1:1
Testosterone enanthate 1:1
Methyltestosterone 1:1
Fluoxymesterone 1:2
Oxymetholone 1:3
Oxandrolone 1:3–1:13
Nandrolone decanoate 1:2.5–1:4
Sources: See template.

Testosterone propionate is a prodrug of testosterone and is an androgen and anabolic–androgenic steroid (AAS). That is, it is an agonist of the androgen receptor (AR).

PharmacokineticsEdit

Testosterone propionate is administered in oil via intramuscular injection.[1][2] It has a relatively short elimination half-life and mean residence time of 2 days and 4 days, respectively.[1][2] As such, it has a short duration of action and must be administered two to three times per week.[15]

Pharmacokinetics of testosterone esters

Testosterone ester Form Route of administration Elimination half-life Mean residence time
Testosterone undecanoate Oil-filled capsules Oral 1.6 hours 3.7 hours
Testosterone propionate Oil solution Intramuscular injection 0.8 days 1.5 days
Testosterone enanthate Castor oil solution Intramuscular injection 4.5 days 8.5 days
Testosterone undecanoate Tea seed oil solution Intramuscular injection 20.9 days 34.9 days
Testosterone undecanoate Castor oil solution Intramuscular injection 33.9 days 36.0 days
Testosterone buciclatea Aqueous suspension Intramuscular injection 29.5 days 60.0 days
Notes: Testosterone cypionate has very similar pharmacokinetics to TE. Footnotes: a = Never marketed. Sources: See template.

Parenteral durations of androgens/anabolic steroids

Compound Brand name(s) Type Duration
Testosterone (aq. susp.) Andronaq, Sterotate, Virosterone Androgen 2–3 days
Testosterone propionate Androteston, Perandren, Testoviron Androgen 3–4 days
Testosterone phenylpropionate Testolent Androgen 8 days
Testosterone isobutyrate (aq. susp.) Agovirin Depot, Perandren M Androgen 14 days
Mixed testosterone estersa Triolandren Androgen 10–20 days
Mixed testosterone estersb Testosid Depot Androgen 14–20 days
Testosterone enanthate Delatestryl Androgen 14–20 days
Testosterone cypionate Depovirin Androgen 14–20 days
Mixed testosterone estersc Sustanon 250 Androgen 28 days
Testosterone undecanoate Aveed, Nebido Androgen 100 days
Testosterone buciclate (aq. susp.)d 20 Aet-1, CDB-1781e Androgen 90–120 days
Nandrolone phenylpropionate Durabolin Anabolic 10 days
Nandrolone decanoate Deca Durabolin Anabolic 21 days
Methandriol (aq. susp.) Notandron, Protandren Androgen 8 days
Methandriol bisenanthoyl acetate Notandron Depot Androgen 16 days
Metenolone acetate Primobolan Anabolic 3 days
Metenolone enanthate Primobolan Depot Anabolic 14 days
Note: All are via i.m. injection of oil solution unless noted otherwise. Footnotes: a = TP, TV, and TUe. b = TP and TKL. c = TP, TPP, TiCa, and TD. d = Studied, but never marketed. e = Developmental code names. Sources: See template.

ChemistryEdit

Testosterone propionate, or testosterone 17β-propanoate, is a synthetic androstane steroid and a derivative of testosterone.[16][17] It is an androgen ester; specifically, it is the C17β propionate (propanoate) ester of testosterone.[16][17]

Structural properties of major testosterone esters

Androgen Structure Ester Relative
mol. weight
Relative
T contentb
Durationc
Position Moiety Type Lengtha Rank Group
Testosterone
 
1.00 1.00 11 Short
Testosterone propionate
 
C17β Propanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 3 1.19 0.84 10 Short
Testosterone isobutyrate
 
C17β Isobutyric acid Aromatic fatty acid – (~3) 1.24 0.80 9 Moderate
Testosterone cypionate
 
C17β Cyclopentylpropanoic acid Aromatic fatty acid – (~6) 1.43 0.70 8 Moderate
Testosterone phenylpropionate
 
C17β Phenylpropanoic acid Aromatic fatty acid – (~6) 1.46 0.69 7 Moderate
Testosterone isocaproate
 
C17β Isohexanoic acid Branched-chain fatty acid – (~5) 1.34 0.75 6 Moderate
Testosterone caproate
 
C17β Hexanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 6 1.35 0.75 5 Moderate
Testosterone enanthate
 
C17β Heptanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 7 1.39 0.72 4 Moderate
Testosterone decanoate
 
C17β Decanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 10 1.53 0.65 3 Long
Testosterone undecanoate
 
C17β Undecanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 11 1.58 0.63 2 Long
Testosterone buciclated
 
C17β Bucyclic acide Aromatic carboxylic acid – (~9) 1.58 0.63 1 Long
Footnotes: a = Length of ester in carbon atoms for straight-chain fatty acids or approximate length of ester in carbon atoms for aromatic fatty acids. b = Relative testosterone content by weight (i.e., relative androgenic/anabolic potency). c = Duration by intramuscular or subcutaneous injection in oil solution (except TiB and TB, which are in aqueous suspension). d = Never marketed. e = Bucyclic acid = trans-4-Butylcyclohexane-1-carboxylic acid. Sources: See individual articles.

HistoryEdit

Testosterone esters were synthesized for the first time in 1936, and were found to have greatly improved potency relative to testosterone.[11] Among the esters synthesized, testosterone propionate was the most potent, and for this reason, was selected for further development, subsequently being marketed.[11] Testosterone propionate was introduced in 1937 by Schering AG in Germany under the brand name Testoviron.[5] It was the first ester of testosterone to be introduced,[4] and was the major form of testosterone used medically before 1960.[5] In the 1950s, longer-acting testosterone esters like testosterone enanthate and testosterone cypionate were introduced and superseded testosterone propionate.[4] Although rarely used nowadays due to its short duration,[12] testosterone propionate remains medically available.[5]

Society and cultureEdit

Generic namesEdit

Testosterone propionate is the generic name of the drug and its USAN and BAN.[16][17][18][19] It has also been referred to as testosterone propanoate or as propionyltestosterone.[16][17][18][19]

Brand namesEdit

Testosterone propionate is or has been marketed under a variety of brand names, including, among numerous others:[16][17][18][19]

  • Agrovirin
  • Andronate
  • Andrusol-P
  • Anertan[14]
  • Masenate
  • Neo-Hombreol
  • Oreton
  • Perandren
  • Synandrol
  • Testoviron

AvailabilityEdit

Testosterone propionate appears to no longer be available in the United States.[20]

Legal statusEdit

Testosterone propionate, along with other AAS, is a schedule III controlled substance in the United States under the Controlled Substances Act and a schedule IV controlled substance in Canada under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.[21][22]

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