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OXYMETHOLONE is a steroid. This medicine is used to treat anemia. Compare anabolic steroids.
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30 tablets
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Oxymetholone Side Effects

What should I watch for?

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.


Common and Rare Side Effects

Tumors of the liver, liver cancer, or peliosis hepatis, a form of liver disease, have occurred during long-term, high-dose therapy with anabolic steroids. Although these effects are rare, they can be very serious and may cause death. Discuss these possible effects with your doctor.

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

For both females and males

Less common

Yellow eyes or skin

Rare (with long-term use)

Black, tarry, or light-colored stools

dark-colored urine

purple- or red-colored spots on body or inside the mouth or nose

sore throat and/or fever

vomiting of blood

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

For both females and males

Less common

Bone pain

nausea or vomiting

sore tongue

swelling of feet or lower legs

unusual bleeding

unusual weight gain

Rare (with long-term use)

Abdominal or stomach pain

feeling of discomfort (continuing

headache (continuing)


loss of appetite (continuing)

unexplained weight loss

unpleasant breath odor (continuing)

Incidence not known

Lack or slowing of normal bone growth

For females only

More common

Acne or oily skin

enlarging clitoris

hoarseness or deepening of voice

irregular menstrual periods

unnatural hair growth

unusual hair loss

Less common

Mental depression

unusual tiredness

For young males (boys) only

More common


enlarging penis

increased frequency of erections

unnatural hair growth

Less common

Unexplained darkening of skin

For sexually mature males only

More common

Enlargement of breasts or breast soreness

frequent or continuing erections

frequent urge to urinate

For elderly males only

Less common

>Difficult or frequent urination

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

For both females and males

Less common



feeling of abdominal or stomach fullness

muscle cramps

trouble in sleeping

unusual decrease or increase in sexual desire

For males only

More common


Less common

Decreased sexual ability

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