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    Information about Danazol

    Danazol uses

    Danazol is used in the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis and benign fibrocystic breast disease.

    How danazol works

    Danazol modulates the action of certain female hormones in the body.

    Common side effects of danazol

    Headache, Hoarseness of voice, Increased hair growth, Edema (swelling), Breast size decreased, Weight gain, Acne, Hot flushes, Altered libido, Oily skin, Muscle cramp

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    Expert advice for Danazol

    • If you are taking danazol to treat endometriosis or fibrocystic breast disease, you should start the medication during a menstrual period.
    • Consult your doctor if you are suffering from any of the following conditions: liver, kidney or heart disease, illness that can worsen by fluid retention, diabetes, polycythemia (an illness in which blood gets thicker), epilepsy, lipid disorder, migraine, and if you have shown marked or persistent androgenic reaction to previous gonadal steroid therapy.
    • Stop taking danazol if you develop virilization (development of male secondary sex characters).
    • Stop taking danazol and seek advice if you experience signs and symptoms of papilledema, headache, visual disturbances, raised intracranial pressure, jaundice or other liver disturbance, thrombosis or thromboembolism.
    • Taking danazol may increase your risk of ovarian cancer. Seek medical advice for necessary precautions.
    • Carry out liver function tests and blood counts at regular intervals of time.
    • Do not drink alcohol while on danazol therapy as it can make you feel sick or short of breath.
    • If you are receiving danazol for more than 6 months, it is important to carry out liver ultrasonography twice in a year.
    • Do not take danazol if you have rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption.

    Frequently asked questions for Danazol


    Q. Is Danazol safe?

    Danazol is safe if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is danazol a progesterone/steroid/anabolic steroid/contraceptive (birth control)/narcotic?

    Danazol is a synthetic steroid having additional progestogenic activity. It is not contraceptive (birth control)/narcotic

    Q. Is Danazol a controlled substance?

    Danazol is not a controlled substance.

    Content on this page was last updated on 06 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)