Mesterolone belongs to the group of medicines known as androgens, which are male sex hormones. It is used to treat disorders in men where the body does not make enough natural androgen. It works by supplementing the amount of male hormone your body produces naturally.
Before taking mesterolone
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking mesterolone it is important that your doctor knows:
- If you have liver or kidney problems.
- If you have heart problems or high blood pressure (hypertension).
- If you have epilepsy or migraine.
- If you have diabetes.
- If you have cancer.
- If you are taking or using any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.
How to take mesterolone
- Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer’s printed information leaflet from inside your pack. The leaflet will give you more information about mesterolone tablets.
- Take the tablets exactly as your doctor has told you to. To begin with, it is usual to be prescribed 25 mg (one tablet), to be taken three or four times a day. If you need to continue taking the tablets for more than a few months, your doctor may reduce the number of tablets you need to take each day. Your doctor will tell you what dose is right for you and this will also be printed on the label of the pack to remind you.
- Swallow the tablet whole with a drink of water. You can take mesterolone before or after meals.
- Try to take your doses at the same times each day, as this will help you to remember to take them.
- If you forget to take a dose, you should take it when you remember. However, if when you remember, it is nearly time for your next dose then leave out the forgotten dose. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor so your progress can be monitored. While you are on mesterolone your doctor will want you to have regular blood tests and examinations of your prostate and breasts. This is because the treatment may increase the rate of growth of some types of cancer and your doctor will want to rule these out. Your doctor will explain this to you before you start taking mesterolone, but if you have any concerns during your treatment, make an appointment to speak with your doctor again.
- It is unlikely that mesterolone tablets will interact with any medicines you may buy, but it is always wise to check this with a pharmacist first.
- The tablets are for you. Never give them to other people, even if their condition appears to be the same as yours. The tablets are not suitable for increasing muscle strength and bodybuilding in healthy men and should not be taken for this reason.
Can mesterolone cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below lists some of the most common ones associated with mesterolone. You will find a full list in the manufacturer’s information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve over the first few days of taking a new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.