What you should know about your medicine

This leaflet has been written to help you understand your medicine.

If you have any questions or worries, ask your doctor or a pharmacist.

At the end of the leaflet you will find a list of things to remember about your medicine.

Please keep this leaflet until you have finished your medicine. You may want to read it again.

What is Deca-Durabolin?

Deca-Durabolin contains 25 or 50 mg of Nandrolone Decanoate BP as the active ingredient.

The Injection fluid also contains benzyl alcohol and arachis oil.

Deca-Durabolin is a slightly yellow, oily solution filled in a clear glass ampoule.

Deca-Durabolin 25 mg/ml is sold in packs of 3 ampoules.

Deca-Durabolin 50 mg/ml is sold in packs of 1 or 3 ampoules.

Deca-Durabolin is a type of anabolic steroid that helps to prevent bone loss.

The product licence is held by: Organon Laboratories Ltd, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 4FL.

Deca-Durabolin is made by: Organon Laboratories Ltd, Newhouse Industrial Estate, Newhouse, Motherwell ML1 5SH.

What is Deca-Durabolin used for?

Deca-Durabolin is used in osteoporosis, when bones thin and become brittle, after the menopause.

Before this medicine is given to you

  • Do you have cancer of the breast or prostate?
  • Are you pregnant or likely to become pregnant?

If the answer to either of these questions is YES:

  • Did you tell your doctor at the last visit or an earlier visit?
  • If you did NOT then you should do so as soon as possible and before this medicine is given to you.

Even so, your doctor may still want to give you this medicine.

What do I need to know before my medicine is given to me?

Extra supervision by your doctor may be necessary in some cases.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • heart disease
  • epilepsy
  • migraine
  • high blood pressure
  • bone cancer.

Deca-Durabolin may affect some liver tests or may cause liver tumours /although only in very rare cases).

Anabolic steroids should not be taken by athletes to try to improve performance. They are more likely to be harmful to you.

What other medicines are you taking?

Other medicines may affect how Deca-Durabolin works or Deca-Durabolin may affect how they work.

If you are diabetic you may need less insulin or other anti-diabetic drugs.

Tell your doctor if you are taking other medicines.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant, Deca-Durabolin should not be given to you.

Deca-Durabolin should not be given to you if you are breast-feeding.

What about allergies?

Deca-Durabolin contains benzyl alcohol and arachis oil, if you are allergic to either of these tell your doctor immediately.

How is Deca-Durabolin given?

It is important that this medicine is given only as directed by your doctor.

How much?

Adults: A dose of 50 mg once every three weeks is usual.

Children: Deca-Durabolin should not be given to children.

How the injections are given

The injections are usually given by a doctor (or a nurse), deep into muscle tissue.

What to do if someone accidentally takes too much

If this happens tell your doctor immediately.

What to do if you miss a dose

Don't worry, make sure someone can give you the missed dose when you remember.

What about side effects?

Deca-Durabolin may cause side effects such as fluid retention in some people. It may also affect some blood tests.

Stunted growth may occur if Deca-Durabolin is given to children.

High doses may cause: an increase in male characteristics in women; your voice may get deeper and you may notice some hair growth or acne. You may have increased sex drive and your periods may stop.

Young girls may notice a change to the clitoris and pubic hair growth.

In men the quantity of sperm may decrease.

In young boys Deca-Durabolin can cause early sexual development and delay growth.

If this happens you may need to stop your treatment for a while.

Liver tumours have been seen with Deca-Durabolin although very rarely.

Tell your doctor if you have any other complaints that you cannot explain but think may be due to Deca-Durabolin.

How Deca-Durabolin should be stored

Do not use Deca-Durabolin after the "use by" date on the pack.

Store below 25C (room temperature) away from the light.

Do not store in the refrigerator.

Keep your medicine where children cannot see or reach it.

This information was written in August 1995.

Other things to remember about medicines

  1. Only use this medicine for your current medical problems. Do not use it for other medical problems.
  2. Do not allow other people to use your medicines and do not use medicines meant for other people.
  3. Tell any doctor treating you what medicines you are taking. Always carry a medical information card showing which medicines you are using. This can also be very important if you are involved in an accident.
  4. Return any medicines you don't use to the pharmacy, they will get rid of them safely.
  5. Make sure the people you live with or who look after you read this information.