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All about: Androxy

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Generic Name: Fluoxymesterone (floo-ox-i-MES-te-rone)
Brand Name: Androxy

Androxy is used for:

Treating a deficiency of the male hormone testosterone when the body does not make enough. It is also used to stimulate puberty in males with delayed puberty.Treating advanced breast cancer in women who are 1 to 5 years past menopause.

Androxy is an androgen.It works by stimulating normal growth and development of the male sex organs and maintaining normal secondary sex characteristics.It is unknown exactly how Androxy works to treat breast cancer.

Do NOT use Androxy if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Androxy
  • you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • you have breast cancer or prostate cancer

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Androxy :

Some medical conditions may interact with Androxy . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have prostate problems, high blood calcium levels, or heart, liver, or kidney disease

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Androxy . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), carbamazepine, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus), or oxyphenbutazone because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Androxy may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Androxy :

Use Androxy as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Androxy may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you miss a dose of Androxy , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Androxy .

Important safety information:

  • Androxy may contain tartrazine dye (FD&C Yellow No. 5), which can cause allergic reactions in certain patients. If you have previously had an allergic reaction to tartrazine, contact your pharmacist to determine if the medicine you are taking contains tartrazine.
  • Diabetes patients - Androxy may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • LAB TESTS, including liver function and blood cholesterol, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Young males who are taking Androxy for delayed puberty should be checked for bone development every 6 months.
  • Use Androxy with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially prostate problems.
  • Androxy is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Androxy if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. It is unknown if Androxy is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Androxy .

Possible side effects of Androxy :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Changes in sexual desire; absence of menstrual flow; acne; breast swelling or tenderness; deepening of voice; growth of facial hair; headache; irregular menstrual flow; mood changes; painful, prolonged erection; swelling of the clitoris.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); ankle swelling; change in skin color; nausea; vomiting; weight gain.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Androxy :

Store Androxy at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Androxy out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Androxy , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Androxy is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Androxy . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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