PLEASE READ THE PACKAGE INSERT CAREFULLY BEFORE USE.
Keep the package insert for reference. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please consult your physician. This drug has been individually prescribed by your physician for personal use. Under no circumstances do not administer it to others, even if they appear with the same symptoms, it may harm them. If you notice any of the side effects stated in this package please notify your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
WHAT IS OXYMETHOLONE
Oxymetholone is an anabolic steroid, which is a man-made form of a hormone similar to testosterone. Oxymetholone is used to treat certain types of anemia (lack of red blood cells), including anemia caused by chemotherapy. Oxymetholone will not enhance athletic performance and should not be used for that purpose. Oxymetholone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use oxymetholone if you have severe liver or kidney disease, prostate cancer, male breast cancer, or female breast cancer with high levels of calcium in the blood. Do not use oxymetholone if you are pregnant.
HOW TO USE OXYMETHOLONE
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take oxymetholone in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. To be sure this medicine is helping your condition, you may need frequent blood tests. You may not notice any change in your symptoms, but your blood work will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with oxymetholone. Tell your doctor if you have any changes in weight. Oxymetholone doses are based on weight, and any changes may affect the dose. It may take 3 to 6 months before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve. This medicine can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using oxymetholone. Oxymetholone is only part of a treatment program that may also include blood transfusions and/or using other medicines. Follow your doctor’s instructions very closely. Once your condition is under control, you may be able to stop taking oxymetholone. Some people must continue taking a small amount of oxymetholone to keep their red blood cells from getting too low. You may need to take oxymetholone for the rest of your life. Follow your doctor’s instructions. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not share this medicine with another person. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Oxymetholone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
OXYMETHOLONE DOSING INFORMATION
Usual Adult Dose for Anemia: Anemias caused by deficient red cell production – 1 to 5 mg/kg/day orally. Usual effective dose is 1 to 2 mg/kg/day. Response is often not immediate. Give for a minimum trial of 3 to 6 months.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Anemia: anemias caused by deficient red cell production – 1 to 5 mg/kg/day orally. Usual effective dose is 1 to 2 mg/kg/day. Response is often not immediate. Give for a minimum trial of 3 to 6 months
OXYMETHOLONE SIDE EFFECTS
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Long-term use of oxymetholone can cause liver tumors or blood-filled cysts in your liver or spleen. Call your doctor at once if you have:
• nausea, upper stomach pain;
• rapid weight gain, especially in your face and midsection;
• loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools; or
• painful or difficult urination;
• increased interest in sex, painful or ongoing erection of the penis;
• easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums), any bleeding that will not stop;
• painful swelling in your breasts;
• shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling in your hands or feet.
Women receiving oxymetholone may develop male features, which could be irreversible if treatment is continued. If you are a woman taking oxymetholone, tell your doctor if you have:
• hoarse or deepened voice;
• increased facial hair, hair growth on the chest;
• male pattern baldness;
• enlarged clitoris;
• changes in your menstrual periods; or
• increased or decreased interest in sex.
Common side effects in both men and women may include:
• breast swelling or tenderness (in men or women);
• feeling restless or excited;
• sleep problems (insomnia); or
• nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.