Anabolic Steroids (Oral)

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What drugs interact with oral anabolic steroids?

Anobolic steroids increase blood levels and effects of cyclosporine by decreasing the breakdown of cyclosporine. They also reduce the breakdown of warfarin (Coumadin), increasing blood levels of warfarin and the risk of bleeding from warfarin.

What formulations of oral anabolic steroids are available?

Oral anabolic steroids are available as tablets.

What about taking oral anabolic steroids during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

They FDA classifies anabolic steroids in pregnancy as category X, which means that they are harmful to the fetus and should not be used during pregnancy. It is not known whether anabolic steroids are excreted in breast milk. They should be avoided by women who are breastfeeding or nursing and should be stopped due to the risk of serious adverse effects in the infant.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/22/2016

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