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Flutamide

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Flutamide®;Euflex®;Eulexin®;Novo-Flutamide;PMS-Flutamide;Teva-Flutamide
    • Mexican Brand Names: Eulexin;Fluken;Flulem;Tafenil
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antineoplastic Agent, Antiandrogen

    Uses
    • It is used to treat prostate cancer.
    • It is used to treat too much hair growth in women.
    • Flutamide slows prostate cancer growth by blocking testosterone.
    • It lowers hair growth in women by lowering testosterone levels.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug may cause liver problems. Blood tests will be needed to watch for any liver problems. They will be done before you start taking this drug and every 4 weeks during care. Signs of liver problems include dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach, throwing up, or yellowing of the skin or eyes. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to flutamide or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have liver disease.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

    Precautions

    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Talk with your doctor before using other aspirin, products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • If you are a man and have sex, protect your partner from pregnancy. Use birth control that you can trust.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Breast soreness.
    • Enlarged breasts.
    • Skin irritation.
    • Change in sex ability. This most often goes back to normal.
    • Sunburn.
    • Harm to the liver may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • A big weight loss.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Very bad swelling or pain of hands or feet.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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