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What is Androcur (Cyproterone) prescribed for?

Prostate cancer is a cancer that occurs in the prostate, which is a small gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Usually it grows slowly and it is initially confined to the prostate gland , where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly. Some of the early symptoms for prostate cancer are as follows; trouble urinating, decreased force in stream of urine, blood in semen, discomfort in pelvic area, bone pain, erectile dysfunction.

Androgens are a natural male sex hormone. In men, androgens may help cancer cells grow into some types of prostate cancer. Androcur (Cyproterone) may be used, in a combination with other medications, following a surgical removal of testes, to treat side effects such as hot flushes and sweats, and to prevent the disease from worsening.  This medication may also be used to reduce abnormal sex drive in men.

Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. For prostate cancer the daily dose is at 50 to 300MG. You doctor may request that you take this medication with other medicines or that you may have to change your dose during treatment, so that you receive the full benefit of this medication.

Do not alter the dose yourself or take it for a longer period of time that what is prescribed to you. Doing so may result in various side effects.

Swallow the tablet whole, with a full glass of water, after meals


Before taking this medication, advise your doctor if you are allergic to Cyproterone, or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication, it is best to inform your doctor of you medical history, especially if you have had the following; Liver disease, previous or existing liver tumours unless they are caused by metastases from prostate cancer, Dubin-Johnson or Rotor syndrome, History of jaundice, Previous or existing benign brain tumour, Wasting disease, Severe and persistent depression, Previous or existing conditions relating to formation of blood clots, Severe diabetes with blood vessel changes, Sickle-cell anaemia.

Anchor tablets contain lactose, notify your doctor if you have a intolerance to some sugars. Speak with your doctor before taking this medication.

Side Effects

If these side effects and if they are severe or becoming bothersome. Contact your doctor right away if you are experiencing any of these; changes in walking and balance (clumsiness or unsteadiness),hair loss, impotence, 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, weight gain.

Most of these side effects do not happen very often, but if one does happen it is very important you see your doctor right away.


What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your pets treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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