Hypercalcemia may develop both spontaneously and as a result of androgen therapy in women with disseminated breast carcinoma. If it develops while on this agent, the drug should be discontinued. Caution is required in administering these agents to patients with cardiac, renal or hepatic disease. Cholestatic jaundice is associated with therapeutic use of anabolic and androgenic steroids. Edema may occur occasionally with or without congestive heart failure. Concomitant administration of adrenal steroids or ACTH may add to the edema. In children, anabolic steroid treatment may accelerate bone maturation without producing compensatory gain in linear growth. This adverse effect may result in compromised adult stature. The younger the child the greater the risk of compromising final mature height. The effect on bone maturation should be monitored by assessing bone age of the wrist and hand every six months. This drug has not been shown to be safe and effective for the enhancement of athletic performance. Because of the potential risk of serious adverse health effects, this drug should not be used for such purpose.
Clinical practice guidelines recommend > 3400 anti-factor Xa International Units of LMWH subcutaneous daily (equivalent to > 34 mg subcutaneous daily of enoxaparin). For most patients, continue prophylaxis until hospital discharge; however, in patients that are considered to be at high risk (., > 60 years of age or a history of VTE), continue prophylaxis through hospitalization and for 2—4 weeks after discharge. Previous guidelines have suggested a dose of enoxaparin 40 mg subcutaneous 1—2 hours before surgery then daily or 30 mg subcutaneous every 12 hours starting 8—12 hours before surgery.