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This medicine is used to treat anti-androgen problems (inhibition of male sex hormones) associated with inoperable prostatic carcinoma (cancer of prostate).

The patients administered with this medicine may experience fatigue, depression, weight gain, gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), hair pattern changes, and osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones). 

The patients with liver disease, malignant or wasting disease (excluding prostatic cancer), severe chronic depression, history of thrombosis (local blood clot) or embolism (blood clot causing vessel obstruction), incomplete testicular or bone development, and patients under 18 years should avoid use of this medicine.

  1. How long does cyproterone acetate take to work?

The medicine begins working within the first week of treatment. Symptoms such as reduced sexual desire and erectile dysfunction may occur. By three to four weeks, the medicine usually shows the maximal effects.


  1. Is cyproterone acetate a contraceptive?

Cyproterone acetate along with other medicines acts as an effective birth control. However, please consult your doctor before using it.


  1. Does cyproterone acetate stop hair loss?

Cyproterone acetate, in combination with other medicines, may prove effective in the treatment of hair loss. It may also promote hair regrowth. Please consult your doctor for further guidance.



  1. When should I take cyproterone acetate?

Please take cyproterone acetate after meals at the same time each day. This will also help you remember to take it every day. Missing dose may result in diminished effect. However, please do not double dose; continue normal dose in-case of missing the prescribed dose.


  1. Does cyproterone cause weight gain?

Cyproterone actetate is an anti-adrogen medicine. Its side effects include weight gain, depression, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction.

This medicine should be taken with food.
  • Please take this medicine with or right after meals.
  • Please do not just stop taking this medicine. It must be withdrawn gradually.
  • Please do not increase or decrease dose, or double dose.
  • Please avoid consumption of alcohol during use of this medicine.
  • Please avoid doing tasks requiring alertness, such as driving, immediately after taking this medicine.
  • Please avoid exposure to direct sunlight during use of this medicine.
  • Please avoid using sunlamp, tanning bed, and tanning booth during use of this medicine.
Prostate cancer

This medicine is used in preventing pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using it for further advice. 

Some patients taking this medicine might experience infertility on continuous use, and irregular or prolonged or heavy vaginal bleeding during the first 2 or 3 cycles. If you experience any of these symtpoms please consult your doctor.

This medication is contraindicated in pregnant females as well as those patients who have hormone dependent cancer or are undergoing any type of diagnosis or therapy. A healthcare professional should be consulted for further details.

This medicine should not be taken with food.

Consult your doctor if you’re taking another medicine with it.

If any of the side effect worsen, consult your doctor immediately.

Use this medicine as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

Please consult your doctor regarding this medicine’s use during pregnancy.  
Please consult your doctor regarding this medicine’s use during lactation.
Please avoid driving when taking this medicine as it may affect your ability to drive.
The patients with diabetes, spermatogenesis problems (abnormal sperm production), and liver disease should use this medicine cautiously. Please check hemoglobin levels. Moreover, please take patient’s consent and ensure the patient thoroughly knows about the treatment and its effects.
These medicines should not be used by pregnant women. Less information is available however and a healthcare provider should be contacted for further details.
Females using this as a contraceptive should wait 6 weeks postpartum (after childbirth) if lactating as it may reduce the milk production slightly. Use the lowest dose and contact your healthcare provider for further details.
Patients with undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding , severe depression and diabetes should be cautioned if using this medication. Females using this as a contraceptive should wait 6 weeks postpartum (after childbirth ) if lactating as it can reduce the milk production slightly. Contact your healthcare provider for more details and inform them of your complete medical history and diseases.  Patients allergic to this medication or to any other medications should also inform their doctors .
There have been no known issues in patients taking painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetemol while taking this medication. However, consult your doctor before
Some patients may experience depressed mood and mood swings.
The level of hormones increases in patients who are taking this medication. These hormones can generate temporary increase in breast size.
Yes, this medication can affect your menstrual cycle. Some women may experience lighter bleeding and others may skip their cycles entirely.
Like any other medication, this medication should be discarded after the given date of expiry.


Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.


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