MCC warns on illegal use of testosterone in medicines

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The SA Medicines Control Council (MCC) says testosterone containing medicines are being used illegally and inappropriately, with serious dangers to using them for impotence or for bulking up muscle.

"The MCC would like to alert the public not to obtain medicines containing testosterone from illegal suppliers or without a written doctor’s prescription‚ due to the risk and harm associated with their unsupervised use‚" said Dr JC Gouws‚ registrar of medicines is quoted in a report in The Times as saying. "Medical practitioners are reminded to prescribe testosterone containing medicines only for the approved indications of testosterone replacement therapy and osteoporosis in men with testosterone deficiency." These products are not indicated for enhancing muscular development in healthy individuals‚ impotence or for increasing physical ability‚ he warned.

The report says the MCC recommended special precautions to be taken by healthcare workers‚ in order to minimise the risks associated with the use of testosterone containing medicines: testosterone plasma levels should be monitored at baseline and at regular intervals during treatment; and the dosage should be individually adjusted to ensure the maintenance of appropriate testosterone plasma levels.

Full report in The Times

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