Use of androgens in patients with renal failure.

  title={Use of androgens in patients with renal failure.},
  author={Curtis A Johnson},
  journal={Seminars in dialysis},
  volume={13 1},
Anabolic steroids have been used for the treatment of the anemia of chronic renal failure for more than 25 years. Due to concerns over adverse effects, their use historically has been limited to nandrolone decanoate given to men, usually over age 50, who have intact kidneys. The introduction of epoetin alfa in 1989 has led to reduced androgen use for the treatment of anemia. Nevertheless, there continues to be scientific investigation into the possible role that androgens may play in… CONTINUE READING