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Oxandrin Side Effects

Generic Name: oxandrolone

Note: This document contains side effect information about oxandrolone. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Oxandrin.

For the Consumer

Applies to oxandrolone: oral tablets

Side effects include:

Elevated aminotransferases (ALT, AST), lipid abnormalities (e.g., decreased HDL cholesterol concentrations).

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to oxandrolone: oral tablet


Frequency not reported: Hirsutism and male pattern baldness in females, acne (especially in females and prepubertal males), changes in skin color[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Nausea, vomiting[Ref]


Frequency not reported:

-Prepubertal Males: Phallic enlargement and increased frequency or persistence of erections

-Postpubertal Males: Inhibition of testicular function, testicular atrophy and oligospermia, impotence, chronic priapism, epididymitis, and bladder irritability

-Females: Clitoral enlargement, menstrual irregularities[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Bleeding in patients on concomitant anticoagulant therapy[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Cholestatic jaundice with, rarely, hepatic necrosis and death; hepatocellular neoplasms and peliosis hepatis with long-term therapy; reversible changes in liver function tests also occur including increased bromsulfophthalein (BSP) retention, changes in alkaline phosphatase and increases in serum bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, SGOT) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT, SGPT).[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Premature closure of epiphyses in children, ankle swelling[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Edema, retention of serum electrolytes (sodium chloride, potassium, phosphate, calcium); decreased glucose tolerance; increased creatinine excretion; increased serum levels of creatinine phosphokinase[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Gynecomastia, hepatic neoplasms and hepatocellular carcinomas following prolonged therapy with large doses of anabolic steroids[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Virilization of female patients including deepening voice, hirsutism, acne, clitoromegaly (not reversible), and menstrual abnormalities.[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Habituation, excitation, insomnia, depression, libido changes[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Oxandrin (oxandrolone)." Bio-Tech, Levittown, PA.

Further information

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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.