Danazol is a prescription medication that’s used in order to treat endometriosis. It has a similar effectiveness as other hormonal treatments. The only issue with it is that it has different androgenic (male-like) side effects to it. Some of these would be weight gain, the appearance of body hair and acne, etc. The fact that it has these sorts of side effects combined with its ability to negatively impact blood lipid (cholesterol) levels means that it typically isn’t the first choice of many doctors to treat the condition of endometriosis.
How exactly does this medicational treatment work in order to treat the conditions it’s designed for?
Like an assortment of different hormonal treatments, Danazol isn’t designed to cure the condition of endometriosis permanently. The purpose of it is to slow down the growth of it and its development somewhat so it can recur with proper treatment.
Danazol can have different effects on a person’s body. Some of these can include high levels of androgen and low levels of the hormone oestrogen. When this happens it can stop menstruation as well as suppress the development of endometrial implants, which will cause them to start degenerating.
A lot of women will find that they stop ovulating and menstruating about the time the second month of treatment comes around. However, this is going to be dependent on the amount of dosage used. Symptoms of endometriosis will start to go away about the time the second month of treatment is complete. After 4-6 weeks a women can expect her ovulation and menstruation to come back after the treatment has been stopped.
What are some of the potential common side effects a woman can expect when it comes to using this medicational treatment?
Oily skin and hair
Change of voice (deepening, husky or petering out at times)
Increase in body hair
Decreased breast size
Enlargement of the clitoris (rare)
What are some of the things you can do in order to make sure you are as safe as possible when using this drug?
You shouldn’t be using this medication if you are pregnant. In fact what you can do in order to control this is to begin your course of treatment the very first day of your menstruation. This is going to lower the chances of you taking it during being pregnant. If there is a chance that you are pregnant already, then you need to get a pregnancy test done just to be sure of this. A doctor will advise you on what to do if you are pregnant.
Besides from this the best thing for you to do is make sure you take the drug according to doctor instructions. If there is anything you don’t understand about using this drug you should ask all the questions needed until you do. In some cases once you are already using the drug it might be better to contact a pharmacist for help if needed. The reason for this is because they can often be easier to get in touch with than a doctor is and they are much more willing to assist you in a general way.