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What should I know about oxandrolone before taking it?

Liver and spleen problems could be an issue when taking oxandrolone. There have been some fatalities caused by liver damage or tumors, so if you have had any previous liver disease or if your liver could be weakened from drug or alcohol use, you may not be able to take oxandrolone. Oxandrolone also increases the levels of "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which may put you at risk for heart attack or disease. Be sure your doctor knows of any additional risks for heart disease that you may have, including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and previous strokes or heart attacks. You need to be sure your doctor knows about all of the medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins that you use, before taking oxandrolone. There could be serious drug interactions. Acetaminophen, isoniazid, methotrexate, rifampin, statins, and blood thinners may interact with oxandrolone. Medications for diabetes, including insulin, may need to be adjusted when you are taking oxandrolone. Additional products that could cause problems include comfrey tea, iron products, kava, and niacin. Steroid use in any form, including lotions and creams, need to be discussed with your doctor. History of kidney disease, prostate or breast cancer, and too much calcium in the blood all need to be considered prior to starting treatment with oxandrolone. Oxandrolone should not be used if you are breast-feeding or pregnant, as harm to a developing fetus and birth defects are possible. Children treated with oxandrolone may not grow normally. Risks of treating a child with oxandrolone should be discussed, and a child's growth should be monitored, when using oxandrolone. Be sure to get all appropriate tests on schedule as prescribed by your doctor to avoid any complications. And be sure to tell doctors that you are using oxandrolone, because it could change the results of some tests. Use of oxandrolone for long periods or at high doses can cause individuals to develop need for oxandrolone. Withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, mood swings, decreased sex drive, restlessness or tiredness can occur. You should discuss these symptoms with your doctor should they occur.

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