OXANDROLONE (ox AN droe lone) is an anabolic steroid. It can help you regain weight or muscle after you have weight loss due to surgery, trauma, severe infection, or long-term corticosteroid use. It is also used to treat bone pain due to osteoporosis (weak bones).
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Oxandrin
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Take this medicine by mouth with water. Take it as directed on the prescription label. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed to children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Patients over 65 years of age may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medicine. You may need blood work while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may change the blood sugar. Ask your health care provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
This medicine is banned from use in athletes by most athletic organizations.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. This medicine can be abused. Keep it in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share it with anyone. It is only for you. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
It is important to get rid of the medicine as soon as you no longer need it or it is expired. You can do this in two ways:
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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