What is Flutamide used for?
Flutamide is a hormonal drug, which is used for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. It is usually used in combination with other hormonal therapies.
Flutamide may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Flutamide work?
Flutamide belongs to the class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-androgens. Androgens such as testosterone play a major role in the growth and replication of prostatic cancer cells. Flutamide acts by inhibiting the effect of testosterone on the cancer cells of prostate gland. Thus, the drug slows down the progression of cancer.
How to take Flutamide?
The dosage and the drug form depends on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Flutamide as prescribed by your doctor.
Take the Flutamide medicine with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset. Also, you must drink adequate water while on Flutamide therapy.
If you miss a dose of Flutamide, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
What are the drugs that interact with Flutamide?
The drugs that interact with Flutamide are:
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Flutamide?
The following are the most common side effects of Flutamide:
- Bladder inflammation
- Loss of libido
- Breast enlargement (in male)
The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Hot flushes
- Painful urination
- Rectal bleeding
- Severe stomach pain
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions Flutamide?
- Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Flutamide
- Avoid consumption of dairy products to prevent diarrhoea associated with Flutamide medication.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if the Flutamide causes dizziness or blurred vision.
You are advised not to take Flutamide if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discoloration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Flutamide?
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Flutamide.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Inform the doctor if you have a history of inherited blood disorder such as porphyria.
- If you have to undergo any surgery or medical procedure, you must inform the doctor about the usage of Flutamide.
Frequently Asked Questions about Flutamide
- How should Flutamide be stored?
- What are the other formulations of Flutamide available?
- How long can I take Flutamide?
- Can I stop using the Flutamide medication abruptly?
- Is it safe to alter the dose of the Flutamide?
Store Flutamide in a cool (20 – 25OC) and dry place, away from direct sunlight.
Flutamide is available only in the form of capsule.
Flutamide should be taken only for the prescribed period of time or should follow the course of medication. Please consult your doctor if the course is completed.
It is not advised to end a Flutamide medication abruptly. Please contact your doctor if you experience any symptoms that force to discontinue the medication.
No, the dose of the Flutamide depends on the complexity of cancer. Hence, altering the dose is not advised.
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