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Anadrol (Oxymetholone) - Side Effects and Adverse Reactions



Hepatic: Cholestatic jaundice with, rarely, hepatic necrosis and death. Hepatocellular neoplasms and peliosis hepatis have been reported in association with long-term androgenic anabolic steroid therapy (see WARNINGS).

Genitourinary System:

In Men:

Prepubertal: Phallic enlargement and increased frequency of erections.

Postpubertal: Inhibition of testicular function, testicular atrophy and oligospermia, impotence, chronic priapism, epididymitis, bladder irritability and decrease in seminal volume.

In Women:

Clitoral enlargement, menstrual irregularities.

In Both Sexes:

Increased or decreased libido.

CNS: Excitation, insomnia.

Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

Hematologic: Bleeding in patients on concomitant anticoagulant therapy, iron-deficiency anemia.

Leukemia has been observed in patients with aplastic anemia treated with oxymetholone. The role, if any, of oxymetholone is unclear because malignant transformation has been seen in patients with blood dyscrasias and leukemia has been reported in patients with aplastic anemia who have not been treated with oxymetholone.

Breast: Gynecomastia.

Larynx: Deepening of the voice in women.

Hair: Hirsutism and male-pattern baldness in women, male-pattern of hair loss in postpubertal males.

Skin: Acne (especially in women and prepubertal boys).

Skeletal: Premature closure of epiphyses in children (see PRECAUTIONS, Pediatric Use), muscle cramps.

Body as a Whole: Chills.

Fluid and Electrolytes: Edema, retention of serum electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium, phosphate, calcium).

Metabolic/Endocrine: Decreased glucose tolerance (see PRECAUTIONS), increased serum levels of low-density lipoproteins and decreased levels of high-density lipoproteins (see PRECAUTIONS, Laboratory Tests), increased creatine and creatinine excretion, increased serum levels of creatinine phosphokinase (CPK). Reversible changes in liver function tests also occur, including increased Bromsulphalein (BSP) retention and increases in serum bilirubin, glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), and alkaline phosphatase.


Below is a sample of reports where side effects / adverse reactions may be related to Anadrol. The information is not vetted and should not be considered as verified clinical evidence.

Possible Anadrol side effects / adverse reactions in 22 year old male

Reported by a physician from Norway on 2012-02-16

Patient: 22 year old male

Reactions: Scrotal Oedema, Oedema Peripheral, Nephrotic Syndrome

Adverse event resulted in: hospitalization

Suspect drug(s):
    Administration route: Oral


    Indication: OFF Label USE


Possible Anadrol side effects / adverse reactions in 22 year old male

Reported by a physician from Norway on 2012-02-16

Patient: 22 year old male

Reactions: Nephrosclerosis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Hyperlipidaemia, Weight Increased, Glomerulonephritis, Oedema, Hypertension, Erysipelas

Adverse event resulted in: hospitalization

Suspect drug(s):
Progestin INJ

    Indication: Product Used FOR Unknown Indication


Somatropin Rdna

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Drug label data at the top of this Page last updated: 2009-03-18

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