Andriol (Undriol-Restandol), also known as Testosterone Undecanoate, is used to help patients suffering from a lack of testosterone (a naturally occurring androgenic anabolic steroid). It allows the restoring of natural levels of testosterone in males and is considered to be quite effective in the treatment of breast cancer. Testosterone Undecanoate is prescribed by the pharmacist usually for hormone substitution so that the patient’s body can naturally start producing the requisite amount of testosterone in their body.
Andriol is recommended to be consumed after a meal in order to avoid any kind of stomach problems. The usual dosage consists of 2-4 capsules consumed once or twice a day. The patient should take care to maintain a continuous dose of the medicine, and should not stop the treatment halfway through, otherwise, it could create serious problems to the patient’s health. However, if the patient forgets to take a dose, they should not take the missed dose at the time of the next one. In this case, skipping a dose once does not disturb the schedule. The medicine is usually stored at room temperature and it is recommended to keep it away from light and moisture. The patient should consult the doctor before increasing the dose of the medicine because an overdose might result in negative side effects and cause other health problems. In the case of an overdose, the patient should immediately contact the local poisons control center, or call the doctor as soon as possible.
The side effects associated with Andriol include stomach disorders, headaches, and formation of spots on the skin. These effects reduce with time, as the body gets used to the drug. Moreover, it can also result in increased anxiety, stimulated hair growth on the body or face, insomnia, enlargement of breasts in males, increased excretion of urine and change in sex drive. The patient should immediately report to the doctor if they suffer from staining of the skin or eyes, infrequent pain in the muscles, nausea, dark urine or difficulty in the excretion of urine, skin itchiness, difficulty in breathing and other similar kinds of disorders.
The medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering/experiencing prostate cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer (for males only), kidney diseases, heart problems, pregnancy, breastfeeding and those who are more vulnerable to allergic drug reactions. The consumption of this medicine over a long term might create problems in the liver, or in rare cases, might cause liver cancer. For women taking this medicine, they need to be under the guidance of a doctor, and they should immediately report any kind of irregularity such as voice changes, spots on the skin, menses abnormality or clitoral swelling. The usage of this drug can cause severe reactions in children if caution is not taken, and it might negatively affect their growth. Older men are more prone to prostate cancer or prostate swelling with the consumption of this drug. Therefore, patients taking this medication should be very careful whilst using it. The patient should inform the doctor about other previous or present medications e.g. insulin, blood thinners, diabetic medicines, other steroids, etc. so that effects of this medicine, along with the other medicines, will not create negative an impact on the body.