Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
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. The drug brand name Winstrol is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may still be available. Common side effects of Winstrol include:
- new or worsening acne,
- difficulty sleeping,
- changes in sexual desire,
- 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. Patients should be placed on the lowest possible effective dose. 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.
Our Winstrol (anabolic steroids) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Hepatic: Cholestatic jaundice with, rarely, hepatic necrosis and death. Hepatocellular neoplasms and peliosis hepatis have been reported in association with long-term androgenic-anabolic steroid therapy (see WARNINGS). Reversible changes in liver function tests also occur including increased bromsulphalein (BSP) retention and increases in serum bilirubin, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), and alkaline phosphatase.
In both sexes: Increased or decreased libido.
Hematologic: Bleeding in patients on concomitant anticoagulant therapy.
Larynx: Deepening of the voice in women.
Metabolic/Endocrine: Decreased glucose tolerance (see PRECAUTIONS), increased serum levels of low-density lipoproteins and decreased levels of high-density lipoproteins (see PRECAUTIONS, Laboratory Tests ), increased creatine and creatinine excretion, increased serum levels of creatinine phosphokinase (CPK).
DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE
Controlled Substance Class: WINSTROL (anabolic steroids) is classified as a controlled substance under the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 and has been assigned to Schedule III.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Winstrol (Anabolic steroids)