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AASs increase LBM in patients with advanced stages of COPD. No consistent beneficial effect on other endpoints was demonstrated in the reviewed trials. However, probably higher doses of AASs are needed to exert a clinically meaningful effect on muscle strength or exercise capacity. Currently, no evidence is available to recommend AASs to all patients with COPD. In individual cases, treatment with AASs can be considered, particularly in men with advanced COPD, moderate-to-severe functional impairment, muscle wasting and on chronic corticosteroid therapy. Treatment with AASs should preferably be combined with a rehabilitation program and nutritional support. AASs should not be used in women or in men with symptomatic heart disease. When treatment with AASs is considered, intramuscular nandrolone-decanoate is preferred in a dose of 50-200 mg per week for a period of 12 weeks. However, the efficacy of AAS treatment in COPD patients needs further clarification in well designed, adequately powered clinical studies.