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Methyltestosterone is approved to treat low testosterone levels in men, late puberty in adolescent boys, and symptoms of certain types of breast cancer in women. It is an altered form of the testosterone hormone, which allows it to be swallowed. Some unapproved uses for methyltestosterone include treating low testosterone levels in women and other types of cancer in women.
What Is Methyltestosterone Used For?Methyltestosterone (Methitest®, Testred®) is a prescription testosterone replacement medication. It is approved for treating low testosterone levels in men and late puberty in boys. It is also approved in certain cases to help relieve symptoms of breast cancer in women.
There is some thought that oral methyltestosterone use is more likely to cause liver problems than treatment with other forms of testosterone, such as injections, creams, or patches. For this reason, oral methyltestosterone therapy has fallen out of favor and has largely been replaced by other forms of testosterone replacement.
Using Methyltestosterone for Breast CancerThis medication is approved for use in women with inoperable breast cancer that is spreading to other areas of the body, such as the bones. Although it is not a cure for breast cancer, methyltestosterone may help relieve symptoms and help reduce side effects of certain other breast cancer medications. This drug is typically used in women who have surgically had their ovaries removed and/or who are taking anti-estrogen medications.
Hormonal treatment of breast cancer is complicated, and each case must be treated individually under the care and expertise of an oncologist. A treatment regimen that is right for one woman may not be a good choice for another woman. Sometimes, androgens like methyltestosterone can accelerate breast cancer, causing it to progress more rapidly, so close monitoring is always necessary.