Consumer Medicine Information
NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons
living in Australia. This page contains answers to some common
. It does
not contain all the information that is known about
. It does not take the
place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks
and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you using this medicine
against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you. If you have
any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Bookmark or print this page, you may need to read it again.
What Deca-Durabolin is used for
Deca-Durabolin contains the active ingredient nandrolone decanoate. It is used to treat:
osteoporosis (loss of bone tissue)
certain types of anaemia
breast cancer (in women)
patients on long term corticosteroids.
It belongs to a group of medicines known as anabolic steroids.
These medicines help to rebuild tissues that have become weak because of continuing illness or serious injury. Deca-Durabolin
can be used to increase lean body mass in the case of negative nitrogen balance. It can also be used to increase bone mass
and stimulate the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Ability to drive or operate machinery.
As far as is known, Deca-Durabolin has no adverse effect on alertness and concentration.
Before you use Deca-Durabolin
When you must not use it
Do not use Deca-Durabolin if:
you are a man and have or are suspected of having a tumour of the prostate or breasts. You also should have had an examination
by your physician to exclude any abnormalities of the genital organs.
you have kidney disease
you have liver disease
you have heart failure
you are allergic to nandrolone, the active ingredient or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
you are allergic to peanuts or soya
you are a child below the age of 3 years
it is past the expiry date or the packaging shows signs of tampering.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant.
It may give increased male characteristics to an unborn baby and should not be used during pregnancy.
Do not breastfeed if you are using this medicine.
It may have a virilising effect on your baby and the amount of active ingredient excreted in breast milk is unknown.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
high blood pressure
high or low cholesterol
breast cancer that has spread to your bones.
Deca-Durabolin should not be given to children under 3 years of age.
This is because Deca-Durabolin contains benzyl alcohol, which may cause toxic or allergic reactions in infants and children
up to 3 years old.
Extra supervision is necessary in the treatment of children since anabolic steroids may result in the incomplete statural
You must not misuse androgens (anabolic steroids) to enhance ability in sport as it carries serious health risks.
These risks include testicular wasting in men and voice changes in women that may be permanent.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from
your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Anticoagulants or medicines used to prevent blood clots.
Hypoglycaemic agents or medicines used to treat diabetes such as insulin.
These medicines may be affected by Deca-Durabolin or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your
medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor will advise you.
How Deca-Durabolin is given
Your doctor will decide what dose of Deca-Durabolin you will receive. The doctor will also make any dose adjustments depending
on your individual requirements.
Deca-Durabolin is given as a deep injection into a muscle (such as the buttock, upper leg or upper arm). These injections
should only be given by a doctor or trained nurse.
If you are given too much
These injections are given under medical supervision and it is very unlikely that you will be given too much.
If several doses are given at once it is not a medical emergency. However you should consult your doctor as side-effects are
dependent on dosage, dose interval and your individual sensitivity.
While you are given Deca-Durabolin
Things you must do
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Deca-Durabolin.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
Things you must not do
Do not use Deca-Durabolin to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Things that may help your condition
Some self help measures may help your condition. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you more information.
Your doctor may advise you to change your diet. This is because Deca-Durabolin works best in helping to repair and replace
your damaged tissue, bone or red blood cells when you are eating a high protein, and nutritious diet.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. Do not be alarmed by the following
list of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
pain at the injection site
fluid retention e.g. swelling of the ankles or feet
increased blood pressure
oily skin, greasy hair
increased blood fats
abnormal liver function
increased or decreased sexual desire
liver anatomy changes
incomplete statural growth.
enlargement of the penis
enlargement of the breast
difficulty to urinate (growth of the prostate)
disturbed formation of sperm
hoarseness or changes of the voice, which may be long-lasting or permanent
increased body or facial hair
irregular periods (or complete absence of periods)
enlargement of the clitoris
Some side effects have no symptoms. These side effects e.g. increased blood fats, abnormal liver function, liver anatomy changes
or increased blood pressure can only be found when your doctor does tests to check your progress.
Tell your doctor if you notice any other side effects.
Other side effects not listed in this leaflet also occur in some people.
After Using Deca-Durabolin
The levels of Deca-Durabolin gradually decline in 2-4 weeks; its effects do not stop immediately after discontinuation, but
will gradually decrease.
Keep Deca-Durabolin in the original box in a safe place out of reach of children.
Keep it in a cool dark place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not refrigerate as this makes the product difficult to inject.
Do not use Deca-Durabolin after the expiry date stated on the label after the term 'exp.'.
Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.
What it looks like
Deca-Durabolin comes in a transparent 1 mL pre-filled syringe with a fixed needle.
Deca-Durabolin contains 50 mg/mL of nandrolone decanoate as the active ingredient.
It also contains:
Arachis (peanut) oil (base)
Benzyl alcohol (preservative).
This medicine is supplied in Australia by:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited
54-68 Ferndell Street
South Granville NSW 2142
This medicine is supplied in New Zealand by:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (New Zealand) Ltd
PO Box 99 851
Australian Registration Number:
Deca-Durabolin Orgaject 50mg/mL solution for injection (AUST R 10655)
Leaflet prepared: October 2011
The information supplied relates only to Deca-Durabolin and should not be used in relation to any other product which may
also contain the same active ingredients.
For further information please ask your doctor or pharmacist.