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oxandrin maintenance dosing
Aug 10, 1999

These questions relate to the useof oxandrin when body cell mass goals have been attained. 1. What would you reccommend in terms of intermittant therapy vs. maintenance dose, including laboratory monitoring. 2. Can you please comment on your experience on those patients who stop using oxandrin and their ability to maintain body cell mass. 3. Is there a protocol available for maintenacne and/or intermittant therapy?

Thank you for your assistance, McAuley Health Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan Beth Polyak, Pharm.D. and Denise DeTomasso R.D.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Oxandrin is safe for a long period of time. We have data out at least 12 months. I would be more in favor of lower dose ie 10mg daily maintenance to see if weight remains the same. If if does, as long as you continue testosterone, you may want to try tapering oxandrin. Occaisonally you will be able to stop it, but rarely. If the patient's weight loss was due to an intercurrent infection, you may be able to stop, however if it was gradual, and due to hypogonadism, you likely will not be able to stop.Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.


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