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CYPROTERONE ACETATE for HIRSUTISM in women

How does it work?
How do I take it?
What side effects can be expected?
Storing your medicine

This medicine is also supplied under the trade name Androcur and is available as:
Tablets containing cyproterone acetate 50 mg.

How does it work?

Cyproterone acetate is an anti-androgen and blocks the normal activity of the slight amount of male type hormone called androgen which every woman normally produces and is necessary for axillary and pubic hair formation and maintenance. Cyproterone can be highly effective in many women with excess sexual sited hair (called hirsutism). However, it can take a year of treatment before the excess hairs are lost but as the hairs invariably return rapidly on cessation of the drug, it will be necessary to continue taking cyproterone as long as you wish to remain without excess hairs.

How do I take it?

Cyproterone acetate (50mg) is given twice daily for 10 days in each menstrual cycle. To begin therapy you initially will be asked to start taking cyproterone from day 5 of your next menstrual period, and then to take cyproterone twice daily for 10 days. The contraceptive pill should also be taken beginning on day 5 of your next menstrual period and be taken for 21 days. Then follows 7 days without cyproterone or the contraceptive pill, when you should have a menstrual period. Then once again you should take cyproterone acetate for 10 days and the contraceptive pill for 21 days. The cycle then continues.

What side effects can be expected?

There can be side effects, some more severe than others, in the use of cyproterone of which you must be aware. In other words, there are RISKS, although infrequent, which you must accept if you consent to take this therapy for hirsutism. Some of the major side effects are as follows;

Storing your medicine

Cyproterone tablets should be stored at room temperature. Keep in the original container in which they have been dispensed and protect from direct sunlight.

 

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NHS Tayside; 2006; version 1.0

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