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Cyproterone

INFORMATION

Uses

Cyproterone is used in the treatment of prostate cancer, control of increased sexual desire in men and excessive hair growth.

How it works

Cyproterone works by blocking the effect of the natural male hormones on the growth of prostate cells. Cyproterone also used in females to block the undesired effects of androgens like excessive hair growth and acne.

Common side effects

Abnormal milky discharge from breast, Altered libido, Bleeding, Blisters on skin, Burning sensation, Decreased sexual function, Decreased libido, Discoloration of skin, Increased hair growth, Impotence, Swelling of breast, Breast discomfort, Weight loss, Liver enzyme increased

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue cyproterone, if you are allergic to cyproterone or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take cyproterone, if you are suffering from diabetes mellitus; severely depressed; sickle cell anemia (a disease characterized by abnormal shape of red blood cells); shortness of breath; or from any cancer other than prostate cancer.
  • Regular check-up for blood counts and function of adrenal glands and liver will be required. Your doctor will advise you regarding the same.
  • Patients with rare hereditary problems of intolerance to some sugars (galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose galactose malabsorption) should not take this medicine.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking cyproterone.
  • Cyproterone may cause fatigue or weakness and, therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.

Frequently asked questions

Cyproterone

Q.Is cyproterone a steroid/progesterone?
Cyproterone is an anti-androgen that decreases the effect of male sex hormone testosterone in the body. It is related in structure to progesterone

Q.Is cyproterone safe?
Cyproterone is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.What are the uses of cyproterone?
Cyproterone belongs to a class of medications called anti-androgens. It acts by blocking as well as reducing the effects of male sex hormone testosterone in the body

Q.How does it work?
It is used to suppress the effects of LHRH (luteinizing hormone releasing hormone; hormone which causes release of testosterone in men). It is used to reduce the excessive rise of testosterone (flare) when LHRH-like drugs are used (e.g. after prostate removal in prostate cancer)

Q.Does cyproterone lower testosterone?
Yes, cyproterone lowers testosterone by inhibiting the release of luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) that is responsible for testosterone release in men

Q.Does Yasmin (drosperinone/ ethinyl estradiol contains cyproterone?
No, it does not contain cyproterone.


Content on this page was last updated on 25 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)