Androgens are male hormones. The drug is given when the body is unable to produce enough male hormones.
In men: It can be used to stimulate the beginning of puberty and to increase sperm count.
In women: It can be used to treat certain types of breast growths.
Some common side effects that you may experience while on this medication are:
Bloating of abdomen or stomach/water retention
Temporary loss of appetite
Change in sex drive
In women, it may cause menstrual dysregulation
These side effects tend to be transient as the body adjusts to the medicine. If they continue or become bothersome, check with the doctor.
Inform the doctor if there is yellowing of skin, vomiting or swelling of the ankles and fingers.
For female patients, contact the doctor if there is any of the following:
Hoarseness or deepening of voice
Unnatural hair loss or excessive hair growth
The medication should be taken after food as directed by your doctor.
Androgens come in oral tablet/capsule and injections.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. But if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the scheduled one. Do not double dose.
Diabetic patients should check with your doctor if there is a change in results of your blood or urine sugar tests.
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