Androgens | Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

Androgens

Androgens are natural male hormones that can cause your bone marrow to make more red blood cells. This can improve anemia. Androgens are sometimes used to treat aplastic anemia and PNH.

Androgens that may be used include:

  • Danazol (Danacrine®)
  • Fluoxymestrone (Halotestin®)
  • Oxymetholone
  • Stanazolol (Winstrol®)
  • Testosterone

What are common side effects?

The main side effect of androgens is that they tend to make you more masculine.

If you are a man:

  • Your breasts may grow.
  • Your prostate may grow.

If you are a woman:

  • Hair may grow on your face.
  • You may get more muscular.
  • Your clitoris may grow.
  • Your voice may deepen.

Androgens can cause other side effects as well. They can:

  • Cause acne
  • Increase liver enzymes; this can cause yellow skin (jaundice) and liver damage
  • Because of the side effects of androgens, their use has been limited. They are normally used only in people who rely on blood transfusions.

Disclaimer

The data provided on androgens is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be comprehensive or to substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk with your doctor or other qualified health provider about your condition and any drug or other treatment you are considering. Make sure you fully understand all side effects, risks and potential benefits associated with any drug or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of the information provided here. Although AAMDSIF strives to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it does not guarantee the accuracy or currency of this information.