Androstenedione (Andro)

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Androstenedione is a dietary supplement made famous by baseball player Mark McGwire. The substance is supposed to enhance athletic performance. Few if any studies have confirmed its effectiveness. In fact, some doctors are concerned that androstenedione may cause obesity in males, emotional problems, prostate problems, and heart problems.

In March 2004, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) sent warning letters to 23 companies asking them to cease distributing products sold as dietary supplements that contain androstenedione and warning them they could face enforcement actions if they do not take appropriate actions. Andro acts like a steroid once it is metabolized by the body and therefore can pose similar kinds of health risks as steroids.

Scientific evidence shows that when androstenedione is taken over time and in sufficient quantities, it may increase the risk of serious and life-threatening diseases. Potential long-term consequences of these products in men include testicular atrophy, impotence, and the development of female characteristics such as breast enlargement.

According to the HHS, women who use these products may develop male characteristics such as male pattern baldness, deepening of the voice, and increased facial hair. In addition, women may also develop enlargement of the clitoris, as well as abnormal menstrual cycles, abnormal menstrual bleeding, and blood clots. Women who use these products may also be at increased risk for breast cancer and endometrial cancer. Children who use these products are at risk of early onset of puberty and of premature cessation of bone growth.


See your doctor if you have experienced serious side effects associated with androstenedione. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Performance Enhancing Supplements: Overview
  2. Blood Clots
  3. Breast Cancer
  4. Children's Health Matters: Overview
  5. Emotional Problems
  6. Hair Loss: Overview
  7. Obesity: Overview
  8. Prostate Problems: Overview
  9. Sexual Dysfunction: Overview
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