What type of drugs cause gynecomastia?
I am heavy into weight lifting and have taken testosterone and many other supplements over the years. I have noticed my nipples starting to become a bit deformed. Is this gyno? What types of drugs can cause gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can be caused by various factors which include recreational drugs, hormonal drugs, certain medications, and steroids. Gynecomastia is a common side effect for bodybuilders and heavyweight lifters that use anabolic steroids or performance-enhancing drugs. In my case as an athlete, gynecomastia is caused by using synthetic anabolic steroids. Steroid decreases testosterone and increases production of estrogen hormone which is the female hormone associated with causing breast enlargement. While I tried taking more steroid and increasing exercise to reverse gynecomastia; the effects caused by drug-induced gynecomastia were permanent and required surgery to remedy the issue. While this condition isn’t life-threatening, in most cases it made me have low self-esteem especially when I had to remove my shirt. I had symptoms such as breast tenderness and puffy nipples that indicated gynecomastia. However, only a doctor was able to diagnose and ascertain that I had this condition.
I was so embarrassed my by mild gynecomastia. At first, I didn't know if it was hereditary, or if it had been caused by something I did. I then discovered that my gynecomastia was likely caused by prescription drug use for a kidney disorder. This was shocking news since so many prescription drugs cause this condition. It can be caused by antiulcer medication, hormones, steroids, and antidepressants. It seems to me that so many people are in a position for developing gynecomastia since these drugs are so commonly prescribed. I highly recommend talking to a doctor if there are any concerns. It made a world of difference for me.
Although it is most likely not the reason I am suffering from gynecomastia, I know that it could be caused by certain prescriptions like spironolactone or flutamide (antiandrogens for prostate cancer), cimetidine (Ulcer medication), or some HIV medications. Believe it or not, I think I am suffering from it either because it is genetic or the amount of marijuana I have smoked. I had no clue that marijuana could do something like this, but after reading up on gynecomastia it does seem to be a cause.