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Danazol vs. Winstrol

Reviewed on 6/3/2019

Are Danazol and Winstrol the Same Thing?

Danazol and Winstrol (letrozole) are used to treat different types of breast disease.

Danazol is used to treat breast pain/tenderness/nodules due to fibrocystic breast disease, and also used to treat pelvic pain and infertility due to endometriosis.

Winstrol is used to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Winstrol is often given to women who have been taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox) for 5 years.

Danazol and Winstrol belong to different drug classes. Danazol is a synthetic steroid and Winstrol is a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor (lowers estrogen production).

A brand name of danazol is Danocrine.

Side effects of danazol and Winstrol that are similar include weight gain, flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling), sweating, and hair loss.

Side effects of danazol that are different from Winstrol include acne, oily skin or hair, voice changes (hoarseness, changes in pitch), sore throat, abnormal growth of body hair (in women), vaginal dryness/irritation/burning/itching, decreased breast size, hair

loss, water retention or bloating, depression, irritability, changes in menstrual cycle (spotting, irregular bleeding, missed periods), nervousness, and mood changes.

Side effects of Winstrol that are different from danazol include hot flashes, joint/bone/muscle pain, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, weakness, headache, constipation, numbness/tingling/weakness/stiffness in your hand or fingers, and pain in your hand that spreads to your arm, wrist, forearm, or shoulder.

Danazol may interact with warfarin, carbamazepine, antidiabetic drugs, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, synthetic vitamin D analogs, and statins.

Winstrol may interact with other drugs.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Danazol?

Common side effects of Danazol include:

  • weight gain,
  • acne,
  • oily skin or hair,
  • flushing,
  • sweating,
  • hair loss,
  • voice changes (hoarseness, changes in pitch),
  • sore throat,
  • abnormal growth of body hair (in women),
  • vaginal dryness/irritation/burning/itching,
  • decreased breast size,
  • water retention or bloating,
  • depression,
  • irritability,
  • changes in menstrual cycle (spotting, irregular bleeding, missed periods),
  • nervousness, and
  • mood changes.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Winstrol?

Common side effects of Winstrol include:

  • new or worsening acne,
  • difficulty sleeping,
  • headache,
  • changes in sexual desire,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • changes in skin color, or
  • ankle swelling.

In adolescent and adult males, side effects of Winstrol may include frequent or persistent erections of the penis, and the appearance or aggravation of acne. In women, side effects of Winstrol may include hoarseness, acne, changes in menstrual periods, or more facial hair.

The use of anabolic steroids such as Winstrol may be associated with serious adverse reactions, many of which are dose related.

What Is Danazol?

Danazol is a synthetic steroid used to treat pelvic pain and infertility due to endometriosis, and also to treat breast pain/tenderness/nodules due to fibrocystic breast disease. Danazol is available in generic form.

What Is Winstrol?

Winstrol (anabolic steroids) is a synthetic steroid, similar to testosterone, used in the treatment of hereditary angioedema, which causes episodes of swelling of the face, extremities, genitals, bowel wall, and throat. Winstrol may decrease the frequency and severity of these attacks.

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What Drugs Interact With Danazol?

Danazol may interact with warfarin, or carbamazepine. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Danazol should not be used during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. This drug is not recommended for use while breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Winstrol?

Medications that may interact with Winstrol include anticoagulants (blood thinners), insulin, or an oral diabetes medicine. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. Winstrol is known to cause birth defects in a fetus. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Winstrol is excreted in human milk. Many drugs are excreted in human milk and there is the potential for adverse reactions in nursing infants from anabolic steroids. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Danazol Be Taken?

To treat endometriosis, a starting dose of 800 mg danazol given in two divided doses is recommended. The total daily dosage of danazol for fibrocystic breast disease ranges from 100 mg to 400 mg, given in two divided doses depending upon patient response.

How Should Winstrol Be Taken?

Patients should be placed on the lowest possible effective dose.

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References
SOURCE:

Dailymed. Danazol Product Information

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=e19acee5-ff33-45a5-bbbf-801756bc59b4

FDA. Winstrol Drug Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/daf/index.cfm?event=overview.process&ApplNo=012885
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