testosterone undecanoate-oral capsule
GENERIC NAME: TESTOSTERONE UNDECANOATE - ORAL CAPSULE (tess-TOSS-ter-own un-deck-ah-NO-ate)
USES: Testosterone is a naturally occurring androgenic anabolic steroid hormone and is used to treat certain types of breast cancer. This medication is used for hormone replacement in males who are not naturally producing a sufficient amount of testosterone.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed, usually once or twice a day. This is best taken after a meal to reduce stomach upset. Swallow capsules whole. Try to take this medication at the same time each day so you get in the habit of taking it. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed. It will have no greater benefits but the risk of side effects will be increased.
SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset, headache or acne may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects include increased hair growth on the face or body, anxiety, change in sex drive, sleeplessness, increased urination and depression. Males may experience enlargement of breasts and an increase in the frequency and duration of erections. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify doctor if you develop: a skin rash, dark urine, pale stools, yellowing of the eyes or skin, muscle aches, vomiting, swelling hands or feet, difficult urination, breathing trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this drug, notify your doctor of any disease you have, especially: cancer of the prostate or breast (males), liver problems, kidney problems, heart disease, enlarged prostate, drug allergies. High dosage, long-term use of androgens has been related to liver cancer. Discuss your medicine with your doctor/pharmacist. This drug must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Breast feeding should be avoided while using this medicine. Females should be monitored for signs of virilization, such as deepening of the voice, facial hair, acne, menstrual irregularity, or clitoral enlargement. Consult your doctor promptly if any of these symptoms occur. Use in children should be undertaken with extreme caution due to the possibility this drug may have undesirable effects related to the growth of the child. Geriatric men are at higher risk for developing enlarged prostates or prostate cancer when taking this medication.
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