Androcur 50mg (cyproterone acetate)
What is Androcur 50mg (cyproterone acetate) ?
Androcur 50mg (cyproterone acetate) is used to treat advanced prostate cancer.
Androcur 50mg (cyproterone acetate) reduces the effect of testosterone on these hair follicles, preventing the hair loss that is due to testosterone hormone imbalances in women.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white to faintly yellowish, round, flat-sided, bevelled-edged tablet, imprinted one side “BV” in a regular hexagon, other side scored, contains cyproterone acetate 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silicica, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, and povidone 25.
How should I use this Androcur?
Cyproterone is available as an oral (by mouth) tablet and as a long-acting injectable. The recommended dose for cyproterone tablets 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.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications.
Cyproterone can cause weakness and tiredness when you first start to take it. After about the third month, your body will become accustomed to the medication and this effect should be lessened.
Store the medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage.
What side effects are possible with Androcur?
changes in walking and balance (clumsiness or unsteadiness)
inability to move legs or arms
increase in bowel movements and loose stools
increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight
loss of strength or energy
reduced (or increased) sexual interest
skin bleeding, blistering, coldness, or discoloration
swelling of the breasts or breast soreness
unusual increase in hair growth
The following side effects occur:
abdominal pain or tenderness
clay coloured stools
fainting or light-headedness when getting up
increase in blood pressure
increase in hunger and/or thirst
lower back or side pain
nausea and vomiting
painful or difficult urination
red, thickened or scaly skin
shortness of breath
sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth
swollen and painful glands
tightness in chest
unexplained weight loss
unusual bleeding or bruising
What other drugs could interact with Androcur ?
There may be an interaction between cyproterone and any of the following:
testosterone and androgens
Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
stop taking one of the medications,
change one of the medications to another,
change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
leave everything as is.
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them.