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Oxymetholone (By mouth)

Oxymetholone (ox-i-METH-oh-lone)

Treats certain types of anemias (decreased red blood cells).

Brand Name(s):

Anadrol-50

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to oxymetholone. You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant or if you have severe liver disease, certain types of kidney disease, prostate problems, or certain types of breast cancer.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet

  • Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®). Tell your doctor if you are also using insulin or diabetes medicine that you take by mouth such as glipizide, glyburide, Amaryl®, Actos?, Avandia®, Glucotrol®, or Glucophage®.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have blood clotting problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you have breast cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or diabetes.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
  • This medicine may raise or lower your blood sugar level.
  • This medicine could cause infertility. Talk with your doctor before using this medicine if you plan to have children.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Dark-colored urine or pale stools.
  • Fever, chills.
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or pain in your upper stomach.
  • Pain and swelling of your testicles.
  • Problems with urination.
  • Rapid weight gain.
  • Shortness of breath, cold sweat, or bluish-colored skin.
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, feet, or stomach.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or weakness.
  • Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne, hoarseness, deepening of your voice, increased hair growth, or swelling of the genitals.
  • Changes in menstrual periods.
  • Changes in skin color.
  • Increase in size of breasts (in men).
  • Loss of hair.
  • Mild nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Problems having sex.
  • Prolonged erection of your penis.
  • Trouble sleeping.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 7/4/2014


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