Oxymetholone (Anadrol) is a synthetic anabolic steroid developed in 1960 by Syntex Pharmaceuticals. Its primary clinical applications include treatment of osteoporosis and anaemia, as well as stimulating muscle growth in undernourished or underdeveloped patients. The drug was approved for human use by the FDA. Later, non-steroidal drugs such as Epogen were developed and proven to be more effective as a treatment for anaemia and osteoporosis without the side-effects of oxymetholone. The drug remained available despite this and eventually found a new use in treating HIV wasting syndrome.
Uses of Oxymetholone:
Oxymetholone is a man-made male hormone used to treat a low red blood cell count (anemia). It works by increasing the amount of the hormone involved in the production of red blood cells. Due to the possibility of serious, life-threatening side effects, this medication must not be used to improve athletic performance or physical appearance. Oxymetholone does not improve athletic ability. When used as directed under medical supervision, the risks are minimal. Use this drug for a condition only if it has been prescribed by your health care professional. This medication may also be used to treat an allergic swelling condition.
How to use Oxymetholone:
Take Oxymetholone by mouth as directed by your doctor. It may be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed since the risk of side effects may increase. It may take between 3-6 months before a benefit from this medication occurs.
Warning when using Oxymetholone:
This medication may rarely cause serious, sometimes life-threatening liver problems including cysts, tumors, or liver failure. Tell your doctor immediately if you have dark urine, yellowing eyes or skin, persistent nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, or unusual fatigue.
In addition, this medication may affect your cholesterol level and increase your risk of heart disease or blood vessel problems.