OXYMETHOLONE - Watsons Health





Description: Oxymetholone has anabolic and androgenic properties and can stimulate red blood cell production

  • Used for
    • Treatment of low red blood cell count (anemia) by increasing the amount of the hormone (erythropoietin) which is involved in the production of red blood cells
  • Due to the risk of serious, possibly life-threatening side effects, this medication must not be used to improve athletic performance or physical appearance. Oxymetholone does not enhance athletic ability. When used as directed under medical supervision, the risks are minimal.

How to use oxymetholone

  • Always refer to your doctors instructions before taking this medication. Duration and dosage will be determined by your medical condition and its response to the medication. Make sure to take this mediciation in the prescribed amount and time period even after symptoms disappear. Discontinuing the medication before completion of treatment may cause incomplete treatment of condition. If Symptoms persist, consult your doctor
  • Taken by mouth; With or without food or with milk; usually once a day;
  • May rarely cause serious, sometimes life-threatening liver problems including cysts, tumors, or liver failure. Immediately inform your physician if you have dark urine, yellowing eyes or skin, persistent nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, or unusual fatigue.
  • May affect your cholesterol level and increase your risk of heart disease (atherosclerosis) or blood vessel problems
  • Minor side effects (if these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor)
    • Diarrhea, excitation, or trouble sleeping
  • Serious side effects (inform your doctor immediately)
    • mental/mood changes, swelling of the ankles/feet, unusual or rapid weight gain, trouble breathing, decreased/increased interest in sex, new or worsening acne.
    • For Males before puberty
      • enlargement of the penis, more frequent erections.
    • For Adult males
      • Hair loss, trouble urinating, changes in testicle size, impotence, breast tenderness/swelling.
    • For males in General
      • Painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours
    • For Females in General
      • May experience signs of masculinization which may be irreversible
        • Deepening of the voice/hoarseness, facial hair growth, new or worsening acne, clitoral enlargement, menstrual period changes.


  • Inform your doctor
    • Allergy to the medication
    • Medical History of breast cancer (males), breast cancer with high blood calcium levels (females), prostate cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease (e.g., congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease), swelling (edema, fluid retention), enlarged prostate, diabetes.
  • In cases of diabetes, oxymetholone may increase blood sugar level
  • Children may be more sensitive to this medication, caution is advised
    • May stunt growth. Periodic bone x-rays may be used to monitor the drug’s effects on bone growth.
    • May also affect sexual development in children
  • Should not be used during pregnancy as it may harm an unborn baby. If you are planning to be pregnant or think you may be pregnant, discuss the risks and benefits of use with your doctor.
  • It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk but due to possible harm an unborn baby, breastfeeding is not recommended. Consult your physician for more details.



Taking multiple drugs may affect how medications work and/or cause unwanted side effects. List down all the medications you are taking and inform your physician and pharmacist. Do not take, discontinue, or alter any dose of medications without prior approval of your physician.

  • Products that may interact with this medication include:


If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.


A balanced diet, rich in iron and folic acid, may help to improve your condition. Discuss a diet plan with your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and As soon as you remember, take a regular dose or if the time of the next dose is near, wait for it before taking another dose and resume your usual schedule. Do not increase the dose to compensate for the missed dose.


  • Room temperature 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C)
  • Do not expose to light and moisture
  • Do not store in the bathroom
  • Keep all medications away from pets and children



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