What is this medication?
Antineoplastic Agent, Antiandrogen
Flutamide is indicated for treatment of prostate cancer.
“Alert: Black Box Warning
There have been postmarketing reports of hospitalization and rarely death due to liver failure in patients taking flutamide. Evidence of hepatic injury included elevated serum transaminase levels, jaundice, hepatic encephalopathy and death related to acute hepatic failure. The hepatic injury was reversible after discontinuation of therapy in some patients.”
How does this medication work?
Flutamide is a nonsteroidal antiandrogen that inhibits androgen uptake and/or inhibits binding of androgen in target tissues.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 250mg 3 times daily.
How to Take: Can be taken with or without food in 3 divided doses.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Flutamide make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. Flutamide like other antiandrogens can cause gynecomastia and hepatic failure.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Hot flashes, galactorrhea, decreased libido, diarrhea, vomiting, impotence, cystitis, breast tenderness, rectal hemorrhage, tumor flare, elevated liver enzymes, edema, hypertension, anxiety, confusion, depression, dizziness, headache, insomnia, nervousness, skin rash, gynecomastia, nausea, proctitis, dyspepsia, increased appetite, hematuria, hematologic disturbances (i.e. anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia), Herpes Zoster, weakness.
Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Flutamide only common ones.
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