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Anabolic Steroids (Systemic)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects | Additional Information

  • Anabolic steroid - Nandrolone; Oxandrolone; Oxymetholone; Stanozolol
  • Antianemic - Nandrolone; Oxymetholone; Stanozolol
  • Antiangioedema, hereditary, agent - Oxymetholone; Stanozolol
  • Antineoplastic - Nandrolone

This medicine belongs to the group of medicines known as anabolic (an-a-BOL-ik) steroids. They are related to testosterone, a male sex hormone. Anabolic steroids help to rebuild tissues that have become weak because of serious injury or illness. A diet high in proteins and calories is necessary with anabolic steroid treatment.

Anabolic steroids are used for several reasons:

  • to help patients gain weight after a severe illness, injury, or continuing infection. They also are used when patients fail to gain or maintain normal weight because of unexplained medical reasons.
  • to treat certain types of anemia.
  • to treat certain kinds of breast cancer in some women.
  • to treat hereditary angioedema, which causes swelling of the face, arms, legs, throat, windpipe, bowels, or sexual organs.

Anabolic steroids may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Anabolic steroids are available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:

  • Oxandrolone
    • Tablets (U.S.)
  • Oxymetholone
    • Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
  • Stanozolol
    • Tablets (U.S.)
  • Nandrolone
    • Injection (U.S. and Canada)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Anadrol-50 3
  • Deca-Durabolin 1
  • Durabolin 1
  • Durabolin-50 1
  • Hybolin Decanoate 1
  • Hybolin-Improved 1
  • Kabolin 1
  • Oxandrin 2
  • Winstrol 4

In Canada -

  • Anapolon 50 3
  • Deca-Durabolin 1


For quick reference, the following anabolic steroids are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Nandrolone (NAN-droe-lone)‡
2. Oxandrolone (ox-AN-droe-lone)†
3. Oxymetholone (ox-i-METH-oh-lone)
4. Stanozolol (stan-OH-zoe-lole)†
† Not commercially available in Canada
‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.


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