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Androstenediol

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What other names is Androstenediol known by?

1-Androstene-3beta, 17beta-diol; 4-AD; 4-Androstenediol; 4-Androstènediol; 4-Androstene 3, 17-diol; 4-androstene-3beta,17beta-diol; 5-AD; 5-Androstenediol; 5-Androstènediol; 5-androstene-3beta,17beta-diol; Androdiol; Androstènediol.

What is Androstenediol?

Androstenediol is a steroid. Steroids are chemical compounds that are distinguished by the way the carbon atoms are arranged. As a group, steroids include compounds that have powerful effects on the body, including the sex hormones called estrogen and testosterone.

Androstenediol used to be available as a dietary supplement. But under the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, it was reclassified as a schedule III controlled substance. This means androstenediol is available only as a prescription medicine, and physicians have to follow strict rules when prescribing it.

Androstenediol is used to increase the body's production of testosterone; increase energy; enhance recovery and growth from exercise; heighten sexual arousal and performance; and promote a greater sense of well-being.

The use of androstenediol has been banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Athletic performance. Androstenediol does not seem to help increase muscle size or strength when taken by mouth for 12 weeks in connection with resistance training.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Increasing energy.
  • Improving body recovery and growth from exercise.
  • Heightening sexual arousal and performance.
  • Increasing a sense of well-being.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of androstenediol for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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