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Danazol oral
DANAZOL - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DANAZOL - ORAL

(DAY-nuh-zole)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Danocrine

WARNING: Danazol must not be used during pregnancy. It is recommended a pregnancy test be performed before starting use of this drug. Effective, non-hormonal birth control measures (such as diaphragms and condoms) should be used while using danazol. Danazol may cause heart or circulation problems (blood clots), liver problems or increase pressure on the brain. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following: one-sided weakness, sudden vision changes, slurred speech, arm or leg pain, breathing trouble, chest pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, dizziness, fainting, swelling, stomach pain, head pain.

Uses

This medication is a synthetic hormone. It is used to treat pain and infertility caused by endometriosis, a condition involving the tissue of the uterus. It is also used in the treatment of cysts or lumps in the breast or may be prescribed for heavy menstrual flow.

How To Use

This medication must be taken as directed. Follow your dosing schedule carefully. You must take for full length of therapy. You may be asked to visit your doctor regularly to make sure the drug is working properly.

Side Effects

May cause dizziness, headache, fatigue, appetite changes, stomach upset, bloating, or anxiety. These effects should disappear as your body adjusts to the medication. Other side effects reported include oily skin, weight gain, flushing, changes in sleep patterns, change in sex drive, muscle cramps, chills, fluid retention in the hands or feet or nasal congestion. Notify your doctor if any of these become bothersome. Notify your doctor if you experience: depression, hot flashes, deepening of the voice, abnormal growth of fine body hair or facial hair, vision changes, yellowing of the eyes or skin, one-sided weakness, slurred speech. Women often experience no or irregular menstrual periods while taking this medication. Menstrual periods usually return within 90 days of stopping the drug. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before you take danazol, tell your doctor if you have: migraine headaches, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, seizures, breast cancer, abnormal bleeding, strokes, prostate cancer, other illnesses, allergies (especially drug allergies). If dizziness or blurred vision occurs, use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness. Extreme caution is advised for use in children. Pediatric specialist consultation is also advised. Geriatric men are at increased risk of developing enlarged prostate and prostate cancer with the use of androgen-like drugs. Use of non-hormonal contraceptives such as a condom, diaphragm or sponge is recommended while taking this drug and until you have had at least one menstrual period after stopping the drug. Danazol can cause menstrual periods to stop entirely but they usually resume within two to three months after danazol treatment. This drug must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Breast feeding should be avoided while using this drug.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

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

Notes

Do not share this product with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.