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This medicine is primarily used to treat prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia in males. It may also be used to treat excessive hair growth and acne in females, which is often associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
This medicine contains cyproterone acetate, and works by blocking the effect of the hormone testosterone.
This medicine should be taken only as directed by your doctor. It is available as a tablet taken by mouth, or as a long-acting injectable medicine.
The recommended dose for Androcur is 200 mg to 300 mg (4 to 6 tablets) daily, divided into 2 to 3 doses and taken after meals. For men who have had an orchiectomy (removal of testicles), a lower dose of 100 mg to 200 mg daily in divided doses is recommended.
The recommended dose for the long-acting form of cyproterone (Androcur Depot) is 300 mg in injected into a muscle once a week.
If your doctor has prescribed an alternative dose to that above, then please follow the doses given by your doctor. It is very important that you keep taking this medication exactly as prescribed unless otherwise directed by the doctor.
If you miss a dose of Androcur tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Before starting this medicine, inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other medical conditions.
The effectiveness of Androcur may be reduced with the intake of alcohol. Limit the amount of alcohol consumed while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Please monitor your blood sugar levels and speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.
This medicine may cause fluid to accumulate in the body, which may affect people with kidney or heart problems. If you have either of these problems, please be cautious when using this medication as it may affect your condition. Speak to your doctor if you have concerns.
Androcur Side Effects
This medicine may cause side effects, and these are categorized based on how often they occur in people taking this medicine.
Very common side effects (affects more than 1 in 10 people): Decreased sperm count and reduced volume of ejaculation. Both of these are reversible on stopping treatment.
Common (affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people): Weight changes, depressive moods, restlessness, enlargement and tenderness of breasts (gynaecomastia), and fatigue.
Uncommon (affect between 1 in 100 people and 1 in 1000 people): Rash.
Rare (affect between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 10,000 people): Shortness of breath, liver disorders, dryness of skin, blood clots, reduced growth of body hair and increased growth of scalp hair, abnormal production of breast milk, lightening of hair colour, severe allergic reaction.
Very rare (affect less than 1 in 10,000 people): Osteoporosis and liver cancer.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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