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What is Halotestin&Reg;?

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  • Written By: Melissa King
  • Edited By: R. Halprin
  • Last Modified Date: 11 November 2018
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Halotestin®, also known as Fluoxymesterone, is an androgenic hormone that mimics the male hormone testosterone. Halotestin® is sometimes prescribed for the delayed onset of puberty in young men or for older men who have low testosterone. It may also be prescribed for women suffering from certain types of breast cancer. The drug is administered in a tablet form that may be taken one or more times per day depending on a doctor's recommendation.

For young men, Halotestin® is prescribed for delayed puberty related to low testosterone levels. Generally, older males can experience testosterone loss due to radiation, trauma, or injury, and the drug is given for these instances. Women with breast cancer that have a hormone-dependent tumor may also be given this pill. Women who are postmenopausal by more than one year, but less than five, can also receive this medication.

Because Halotestin® is a controlled substance, doses are often administered carefully. For males suffering from delayed puberty, treatment usually consists of a low dose that lasts for up to six months. Older males typically receive five to 20 mg; the dosage is 10 to 40 mg for females.

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Halotestin® can cause adverse reactions in people who are allergic to tartrazine, an artificial colorant. Those who take insulin for diabetes or blood thinners should notify their doctor before taking the drug. Those who are pregnant or breast feeding, or who have depression, high cholesterol, migraines, or disease of the heart, kidney, or liver should also notify their health care provider.

Side effects may occur while taking Halotestin®, although the majority should eventually go away. Side effects may include vomiting, headache, acne, growth of facial hair, a deepening voice, or swelling. A general bodily burning or prickling sensation can also occur. Women may notice swollen breasts or a lack of menstrual periods. The drug may cause an increased number of erections and lowered sperm production in males.

Certain side effects can be serious, including excessive bleeding, yellow skin and eyes, severe fluid retention, rash, and labored breathing. Males may have difficulty urinating. If any of these serious side effects are experienced while taking Halotestin®, notify a health care professional immediately.

Those taking Halotestin® may experience other adverse conditions although they have not been conclusively proven. These may include impaired fertility in both men and women and tumors in those who take the drug for a long period of time. Carcinogenic effects have been documented in some individuals who are undergoing androgenic therapy.

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