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Methyltestosterone Tablet Side Effects

Low sperm count, male pattern baldness, and headache are some of the common side effects of methyltestosterone tablets. Although the tablets are primarily used in men, they are occasionally prescribed for women. Women taking these tablets should be watchful for the development of any male characteristics during treatment -- the symptoms may become permanent if the medication is continued for too long.

An Introduction to Methyltestosterone Tablet Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with the methyltestosterone tablet (Methitest®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with methyltestosterone tablets. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Side Effects of Methyltestosterone Tablets to Report

Some methyltestosterone tablet side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Any development of male characteristics in women, such as:
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    • Deepening voice
    • Enlargement of the clitoris
    • Acne
    • Body or facial hair growth
    • Menstrual changes
 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hostility or rage
  • Prostate cancer
  • Any nausea or vomiting
  • Changes in skin color
  • A penile erection that does not go away (priapism)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Signs of congestive heart failure, such as:
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    • Rapid weight gain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fluid retention
     
  • Infertility
  • Signs of liver damage, such as yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Increased bruising or bleeding
  • Symptoms of high blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia), such as:
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    • Constipation, nausea, or vomiting
    • Muscle achiness or weakness
    • Kidney stones
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain or side pain
    • Confusion or lethargy
    • Increased thirst and frequent urination
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
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    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
 
It is important that women taking methyltestosterone tablets report any signs of virilization (development of male characteristics) to their healthcare providers right away. If the medication is stopped soon, the virilization may be at least partially reversible. If it is stopped later, the virilization may be permanent. However, you and your healthcare provider may decide for you to keep taking methyltestosterone tablets, despite virilization, if the benefits to you are significant.
 
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