Medications


Oxymetholone oral tablets

What is this medicine?

OXYMETHOLONE is a steroid. This medicine is used to treat anemia.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • dark urine

  • general ill feeling or flu-like symptom

  • light-colored stools

  • loss of appetite

  • men: prolonged or painful erections

  • nausea, vomiting

  • right upper belly pain

  • swelling of the ankles, feet, hands

  • unusually weak or tired

  • women: acne, change in monthly cycle, deep voice, enlarged clitoris, more facial hair

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • breast swelling, tenderness

  • chills

  • hair loss

  • muscle cramps

  • trouble sleeping

What may interact with this medicine?

  • corticotropin

  • medicines for diabetes, like glipizide or glyburide

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • warfarin

What if I miss a dose?

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • breast cancer

  • diabetes

  • high cholesterol

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • prostate cancer

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to oxymetholone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.

This drug is banned from use in athletes by most athletic organizations.


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. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier
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