Androgens Drug Class

Androgens are classes of drugs that stimulate development of male characteristics like voice deepening, growth of beard, spread of facial, pubic, chest and axillary hair. These classes of drugs are used in boys who are in their adolescent age. They are used to treat slow puberty, impotence in men and breast cancer in women. Androgens are also used to cure one of the blood conditions referred to as anaemia. Osteoporosis, weight loss and many other hormonal imbalance conditions can also be treated by these drugs. Androgens contain testosterone and when this particular hormone is less in blood, low libido, fatigue, depression and bone weakness may occur. Androgens work by travelling to their targeted cells and when they reach there, they start inducing development or how they want them to function.

Androgens Drugs

There are several drugs found in this class of medications. The drugs are available inform of tablet, capsule extended-release, capsule, liquid filled, capsule, cream, gel, solution, kit, implant and patch extended release.They include the following Brand names of the drugs in US

Androgens Uses

Androgens are classes of drugs containing testosterone hormone that plays the same role as the natural hormone in the body. Androgens are used to treat low puberty, impotence and breast cancer in women. They stimulate voice deepening, growth of beard and distribution of hairs of different areas on the body. In addition to this, they are used in treatment of anaemia, osteoporosis, weight loss and other illnesses that involve hormonal imbalance. The signs of slow puberty in men include deficiency in pubic hair, slow development of genitals and lack of testicles enlargement. The drugs work by influencing development in the aimed cells. Sometimes delayed puberty symptoms may present themselves as other medical conditions. Therefore, it is good to consult your doctor’s kid for check up.

Androgens Side Effects

Despite the many benefits from androgens, various patients have complained of unwanted effects resulting from them. Do not stop using your drug in without consulting your doctor. Redness and blisters on the administration site from drugs like Androgel are some of the common side effects resulting from this class. All the same, it is highly recommended to see your doctor if any of the following serious symptoms occur.

  • Testicular shrinkage
  • Breast development in men
  • High libido
  • Aggression
  • Jealousy and delusions
  • Irritability
  • Severe acne occurrence
  • Infertility

Very serious side effects

  • Liver cancer
  • Liver tumours
  • Stimulation of Prostate cancer in non diagnosed patients
  • Enlargement of prostate to an extent of having difficulties with urinating

Androgens Interactions

There are medical conditions, drugs and other lifestyles that are likely to interact with drugs in this class. Before using any of the medication in this type of class, it is advisable to tell your doctor where you are suffering from, the drugs you are using and also about the kind of diet you take. This will make your doctor advise you accordingly. However, you should not stop their use without your doctor’s permission. Some of the medical conditions checked before androgens prescription

  • Anaemia
  • Breast cancer
  • Hypogonadism
  • Weight loss
  • Turner’s syndrome
  • Postpartum breast pain
  • Liver damage
  • Gender dysphoria

Some of the drugs known to interact with androgens include

  • Lipitor (atorvastatin)
  • Fish oil (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids)
  • Aspirin low strength (aspirin)
  • Lyrica (pregabalin)
  • Synthroid (levothyroxine)
  • Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)