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One of the causes of hirsutism (excessive hair growth) in women is excessive production of the hormone androgens by the ovaries. A variety of medications can be used to counter the effects of the androgen. Cyproterone acetate is an anti‐androgen drug. Adverse effects that have been reported with its use include weight gain, depression, fatigue, breast symptoms and sexual dysfunction. The review of trials found that cyproterone acetate appears to have a similar impact on hirsutism as other drugs used for hirsutism caused by excessive androgen. There was not enough evidence to compare adverse effects of the treatment options.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2009

There are many treatment options for acne, including topical and oral medication, and over-the-counter or prescription-only products. But what is the right product for you? And can treatments like phototherapy improve your complexion?The treatment options for acne will depend on a number of different things. For instance:How severe is your acne?What is your skin type (dry, oily or combination)?How upsetting do you find your acne?Are you susceptible to acne scarring?Do you have other health problems?Are you male or female?Which treatments have you already tried out and how well did they work?What kinds of side effects do the different products have, and how unpleasant do you think those side effects are?Nearly all acne treatments require a lot of patience. Many of them only start working after several weeks or months. But it can be worth the wait, and is better than constantly switching treatments, which can sometimes make you feel like nothing will help.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: July 28, 2016

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive breast cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 5, 2017

Expert-reviewed information summary about the use of nutrition and dietary supplements for reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer or for treating prostate cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: September 14, 2017

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of unusual cancers of childhood such as cancers of the head and neck, chest, abdomen, reproductive system, skin, and others.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: June 23, 2017

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