Danazol is a synthetic, steroid containing, orally active medication used to treat women with uterus and sometimes breasts problems due to hormonal imbalance. It is used to treat any types of hereditary angioedema and endometriosis. Danazol is also good to treat vaginal cysts. This remedy consists of ethisterone, a type of female hormone, which helps normalize the health condition.
What Does Danazol Do?
Danazol mostly influences the uterus. Considering the condition of the patient and the dose, Danazol can have different effects. It causes changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining. It blocks certain factors and hormones that force the inside lining of the uterus grow outside of the uterus, which is very painful. It also normalizes the blood condition using hormones to prevent people from suffering from swelling attacks. Another use of this medication is to treat non-cancerous breast lumps which may grow big and cause discomfort and pain by normalizing the amount of hormones.
How to Take Danazol
Danazol should be taken twice a day during the menstrual period usually from 3 to 6 months, but sometimes the therapy may be extended up to 9 months. The best effect is reached when you take the medication regularly with or without food to prevent upset stomach, when you use tablets. Otherwise, Danazol can be taken as liquid. The best way is to take the drug exactly as it was prescribed by your healthcare provider. You shouldn’t take more or less of this medication until your doctor says so.
Depending on what is treated by Danazol, the dose may vary from 200 mg up to 800 mg a day. When you treat endometriosis (condition, when cells that line the uterus start growing in the other parts of the body), an average dose is from 600 mg to 800 mg, divided into two intakes every day, however, it depends on what your doctor says. In case you suffer from fibrocystic breast disease the dose amounts to approximately 100-400 mg, divided into two intakes. In case of fibrocystic breast disease the treatment should go on depending on the patient’s response. If you treat hereditary angioedema, the dose is usually 200 mg twice a day.
Contraindications, Cautions and Warnings
Danazol shouldn’t be taken if you have had problems with blood vessels or blood pressure. Another contraindication is diseases of the internal organs, such as liver, heart, kidney or prostate. You shouldn’t take Danazol if you have had a history of blood clots, bleeding in the brain, or if you are pregnant. You have to ask your doctor whether you are allowed to take this medication.
Possible Side Effects
Danazole side effects may change sperm concentration, cause unwanted breast milk, mood swings, trouble sleeping, weight gain or loss, vaginal bleeding or even heart attack. Be careful with this medication, and seek emergency medical help in case of any side effects or overdose.