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Androcur is the brand name of the medication cyproterone acetate. This medication is an anti-androgen, which stops the actions of certain male sex hormones, and reduces the amount of them produced in the body. Androcur is primarily prescribed to control sexual desire in men who experience hyper-sexuality or sexual deviation.
Before taking this medication, you may be asked by your doctor to sign a witnessed form agreeing to treatment prior to prescription. They may also check the function and number of sperm before beginning since Androcur can result in lower counts and more abnormalities in the sperm shape. This medication is not meant for use in anyone under the age of 18 years old.
As with all medications, take Androcur in an exact manner that your doctor prescribes it to you. Always be sure to follow any direction sheets and prescription labels provided by your doctor or pharmacist. If you need any clarification on the directions provided, call your doctor for assistance. The medication should be stored away from light and heat at room temperature. To take Androcur, it is usually recommended to take it just after your morning and evening meals with a large glass of water.
If you miss a dose of Androcur, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosage schedule. You should not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
You should avoid taking Androcur if you have any of the following: liver disease, cancer, a history of meningiomas, wasting diseases, severe diabetes, blood clots, severe long-term depression, irregular red blood cells, an allergy to cyproterone acetate, or if you are under 18 years of age.
As with all other new prescriptions, tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, vitamins or supplements at the same time as Androcur. Be sure to notify them of the following medications especially, if you take them regularly: rifampicin, phenytoin, St. Johns wort, ketoconazole, clotrimazole, itraconazole, ritonavir, statin medications, or glitazones.
If you are taking medication to treat diabetes at the same time as Androcur, your doctor may need to change the dosage of your diabetes medicine. Androcur may also cause you to feel tired or weak. If this is the case, you should avoid operating heavy machinery or driving.
Your doctor may request frequent blood tests while taking Androcur to test the functions of the liver, adrenal glands, and more.
Common side effects of Androcur may include some of the following:
Less common side effects may include those such as rashes on the skin, excretion of a milky substance from the nipples, and allergic reactions. Call your doctor if you suspect that you are experiencing an allergic reaction to this medication.
Androcur stops the actions of male sex hormones and reduces the amount produced. It is usually prescribed to control sexual desire in men who experience hyper-sexuality or sexual deviation.
Common may include: liver problems, tiredness, depression, restlessness, lower ejaculation volume, feeling short of breath, sweating, hot flashes, changes in weight, lowered sperm count, and swelling of the breasts accompanied by tenderness.