Side Effects

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®

Tumors of the liver, liver cancer, or peliosis hepatis, a form of liver disease, have occurred during long-term, high-dose therapy with anabolic steroids. Although these effects are rare, they can be very serious and may cause death. Discuss these possible effects with your doctor.

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

For both females and males

Less common
  1. Yellow eyes or skin
Rare (with long-term use)
  1. Black, tarry, or light-colored stools
  2. dark-colored urine
  3. purple- or red-colored spots on body or inside the mouth or nose
  4. sore throat and/or fever
  5. vomiting of blood

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

For both females and males

Less common
  1. Bone pain
  2. nausea or vomiting
  3. sore tongue
  4. swelling of feet or lower legs
  5. unusual bleeding
  6. unusual weight gain
Rare (with long-term use)
  1. Abdominal or stomach pain
  2. feeling of discomfort (continuing
  3. headache (continuing)
  4. hives
  5. loss of appetite (continuing)
  6. unexplained weight loss
  7. unpleasant breath odor (continuing)
Incidence not known
  1. Lack or slowing of normal bone growth
For females only
For young males (boys) only
For sexually mature males only
For elderly males only

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

For both females and males

Less common
  1. Chills
  2. diarrhea
  3. feeling of abdominal or stomach fullness
  4. muscle cramps
  5. trouble in sleeping
  6. unusual decrease or increase in sexual desire

For males only

More common
  1. Acne
Less common
  1. Decreased sexual ability