Nandrolone decanoate, sold under the brand name Deca-Durabolin among others, is an androgen and anabolic steroid (AAS) medication which is used primarily in the treatment of anemias and wasting syndromes, as well as osteoporosis in menopausal women. Injection gives it into muscle or fat once every one to four weeks.
Side effects of nandrolone decanoate may include symptoms of masculinization like acne, increased hair growth, voice changes, and decreased sexual desire because of its ability to suppress endogenous testosterone synthesis while not being a sufficient androgen itself.The medication is a synthetic androgen and anabolic steroid and hence is an agonist of the androgen receptor (AR), the biological target of androgens like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It has strong anabolic effects and weak androgenic effects, which give it a mild side effect profile and make it especially suitable for women and children. Nandrolone decanoate is a nandrolone ester and a long-lasting prodrug of nandrolone in the body.
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Deca-Durabolin.
It does not contain all the information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using Deca-Durabolin against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
A doctor’s prescription is required to get this medicine.
If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you use this medicine because it contains important information for you.
Keep this information with the pack.
You may need to read it again.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet.
- osteoporosis (loss of bone tissue)
- certain types of anaemia
- breast cancer (in women)
- patients on long-term corticosteroids.
It belongs to a group of medicines known as anabolic steroids.
These medicines help to rebuild tissues that have become weak because of continuing illness or serious injury. Deca-Durabolin can increase lean body mass with negative nitrogen balance. It can also increase bone mass and stimulate the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Ability to drive or operate machinery.
As far as is known, Deca-Durabolin has no adverse effect on driving and using machines.
Before you use Deca-Durabolin
When you must not use it
Do not use Deca-Durabolin if:
- You are a man and have or have had cancer of the prostate, or we suspect the burster of having one of these tumours. You also should have had an examination by your physician to exclude any abnormalities of the genital organs.
- you have kidney disease
- you have liver disease
- you have heart failure
- you are allergic to nandrolone decanoate, or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
- you are allergic to peanuts or soya
- you are a child below the age of 3 years
- it is past the expiry date, or the packaging shows signs of tampering.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
It may give increased male characteristics to an unborn baby and should not be used during pregnancy.
Do not breastfeed if you are using this medicine.
It may have a virilising effect on your baby, and the amount of active ingredient excreted in breast milk is unknown.
Before we give you it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Medical checks may also be necessary in some other cases. Therefore, before you use this medicine, you must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you ever had, still have or are suspected to have:
- prostate disorders
- liver disease, such as jaundice
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- kidney disorders
- Kidney or lung cancer
- high or low cholesterol
- migraine, headaches,
- diabetes mellitus
- heparin therapy
- breast cancer that has spread to your bones.
- Prostatic complaints, such as problems with passing urine