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Androxy (Generic Fluoxymesterone)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Adult men with hypogonadism receive treatment with fluoxymesterone for their low testosterone symptoms (a condition in which the body does not produce enough natural testosterone). Fluoxymesterone is exclusively prescribed to males who have low testosterone levels brought on by specific illnesses, such as abnormalities of the testicles, pituitary gland, or hypothalamus, which are all brain disorders that result in hypogonadism. When men experience delayed puberty, fluoxymesterone is also utilised to promote that process. In certain women with breast cancer that has progressed to other parts of the body and cannot be removed surgically, fluoxymesterone may also be used alone or in combination with other drugs. Fluoxymesterone belongs to the group of drugs known as androgenic hormones. It functions by replacing the natural testosterone that the body typically produces with testosterone that is supplied. The male sexual organs and other typical male traits grow, develop, and function as a result of the hormone testosterone, which is created by the body. In order to stop or reduce the progression of breast cancer, testosterone, when taken as a treatment, prevents the release of oestrogen.

How should this medicine be used?

Fluoxymesterone is available as a tablet for oral consumption. It is typically taken once daily, three or four times daily, with or without food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Fluoxymesterone should be taken as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Fluoxymesterone should still be taken even if you feel fine. Without consulting your doctor, do not stop taking fluoxymesterone.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

  • If you have an allergy to fluoxymesterone, any other medications, or any of the substances in fluoxymesterone tablets, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, or dietary supplements you are currently taking or intend to take. Incorporate any of the following: anticoagulants (also known as “blood thinners”) such warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); corticosteroids like cortisone, dexamethasone, fludrocortisone, hydrocortisone (A-Hydrocort, Cortef, Solu-Cortisone), methylprednisolone (A-Methapred, Depo-Medrol, Medrol, among others), prednisol Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • Men with breast cancer or men who may have prostate cancer should let their doctor know. Most likely, your doctor will advise against using fluoxymesterone.
  • If you are unable to walk, have diabetes, have ever experienced a heart attack, have coronary artery disease (a condition in which the blood vessels leading to the heart are clogged), or suffer from heart, liver, or kidney illness, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor right away if you get pregnant while taking fluoxymesterone. The foetus could be harmed by fluoxymesterone. Fluoxymesterone should not be taken when nursing.
  • You should be aware that taking androgenic hormones like fluoxymesterone at larger levels, in combination with other male sex hormone products, or in methods other than prescribed by a doctor have been linked to reports of serious negative effects. Heart attack, heart failure, stroke, liver disease, or mental health disorders including depression, mania (frenzied, unnaturally high mood), aggressive or unfriendly conduct, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that are not there), or delusions are just a few examples of these adverse effects (having strange thoughts or beliefs that have no basis in reality). If they abruptly cease taking the androgenic hormone, those who use higher dosages of these hormones than is advised by a doctor may also have withdrawal symptoms like sadness, excessive fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, difficulty falling or staying asleep, or a diminished sex drive. Fluoxymesterone must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from fluoxymesterone are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Alterations in sex drive
  • Larger than normal breast
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of tingling, prickling, or burning

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Get emergency medical care if you encounter any of the following symptoms, or call your doctor right away:

  • Increasing facial hair, deeper voice, clitoris enlargement, acne, and balding (in women)
  • Irregular or nonexistent menstrual cycles
  • Excessive frequency or persistence of penile erections
  • Hives, rashes, or itching
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Upper right stomach region discomfort
  • Nausea or diarrhoea
  • Abnormal or a lot of bleeding
  • Swollen or retained fluids

Fluoxymesterone may stop children’s bodies from growing normally. If children take fluoxymesterone, they may grow up to be shorter than they would have been if they hadn’t. Younger children are more likely than older ones to experience fluoxymesterone’s negative effects on their growth. The physician for your child will frequently take x-rays to ensure that your youngster is developing normally. The hazards of giving your child this medication should be discussed with your child’s doctor.

Fluoxymesterone may make men less fertile. The dangers of using this drug should be discussed with your doctor.

Other negative effects of fluoxymesterone are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from light, excessive heat, and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you react to fluoxymesterone, your doctor will request a few lab tests.

Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are taking fluoxymesterone prior to any laboratory test.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. Having the knowledge on hand is crucial in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Android-F®
  • Androxy®
  • Halotestin®
  • Ora-Testryl®
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