Androcur (Cyproterone Acetate) is in a class of drugs called anti-androgens. This medicine works by inhibiting the action of androgens (male sex hormones) in the body, and decreasing the production of male sex hormones. It is used either on its own, or together with other medications, to treat male patients for problems related to the prostate gland. Other conditions treated include hypersexuality and priapism, and in some cases, patients have taken it to treat acne and hirsutism. Male to female transsexuals believe that it may be useful for hormone therapy.
Dosage and AdministrationAndrocur (Cyproterone Acetate) comes as tablets that contain 50mg of the primary ingredient. This drug must be taken in accordance with the directions provided by your physician. In some situations, adult patients may be instructed to take a dose consisting of 1 tablet, taken twice per day, either with food or just after a meal. The dosage may be adjusted by the prescribing physician. Remember that you should never take more than the amount prescribed, as this may be harmful.
Side effectsPatients who take Androcur (Cyproterone Acetate) might notice some side effects, such as:
- Changes in weight
- A low sperm count
- Less semen released during intercourse
- Depression, tiredness and restlessness
Be sure to tell your physician if you are concerned about any reactions. Other side effects include hair growth on the scalp, unusual breast milk production, changes in hair color, blood clots, dry skin and other potential reactions which have not been listed here. On rare occasions, severe side effects are possible. You will need emergency medical care if this happens.
PrecautionsPeriodic blood tests may be required, in order to ensure that you are not suffering from adrenal gland problems, muscular wasting, medical conditions related to the liver or any other serious reactions.
If you have ever been diagnosed with meningioma (a type of tumor), your physician may tell you not to take this drug. Also, these tablets are for treating male patients, and are not prescribed to women.