Flutamide is an anticancer drug that belongs to the class of antiandrogen. It functions in the body to prevent the actions of androgens or male hormones.
Flutamide is mainly prescribed in the treatment of prostate cancer. It may also prescribed or other purposes not mentioned here.
Flutamide is not prescribed for use by women. Flutamide belongs in the FDA pregnancy category D. This product may cause severe defects to an unborn baby. It may also cause premature birth, miscarriage, or even death of the baby. Talk to your doctor first before taking Flutamide if you are pregnant. Flutamide may pass into the breast milk. Do not take Flutamide unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor. Have a discussion first to your doctor, nurse, or physician before using Flutamide if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Talk to your doctor before taking Flutamide if you:
- Have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency;
- Have hemoglobin m deficiency;
- Have liver disease;
You may not be able to take this product or you may just have a different dosage or special monitoring during the treatment period if you have the conditions stated above.
Follow the script of your doctor if you are taking Flutamide. You may also ask your pharmacist or nurse about things you do not understand. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Flutamide is usually taken three times a day. Always follow your doctor's script. Do not stop taking Flutamide without the permission of your doctor or physician.
Obtain the dosage from your doctor. Dosage may vary from person to person.
Overdose of Flutamide may be characterized by the following:
- Decreased activity;
- Decreased appetite;
- Slow breathing;
- Upraised body hair;
- Watering eyes;
Inform your doctor and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Immediately take the missed dose as soon as you remember but if it is almost time for the nest dose, skip the missed one and take the subsequent dose according to schedule. It is important to remember not to take a double dose of this medication.
Severe side effects of this product may be characterized by the following:
- "flu-like" symptoms;
- Abdominal pain;
- Clay-colored stools;
- Closing of the throat;
- Dark urine;
- Difficulty in breathing;
- Liver damage resulting in death or hospitalization;
- Loss of appetite;
- Swelling of the slips, tongue, or face;
- Unusual fatigue;
- Yellow skin or eyes;
Stop taking this product if you experience any of these side effects and immediately inform your doctor.
Less severe side effects of this product may be characterized by the following:
- Amber or greenish discoloration of the urine;
- Blood in the urine;
- Enlarged breast (gynecomastia) and breast pain;
- Hot flashes;
- Increased skin sensitivity to sunlight;
- Loss of sex drive;
- Lowered sperm count;
- Rectal bleeding or inflammation;
- Skin rash;
Other side effects may also occur other than the above mentioned. Inform your doctor if you feel anything unusual.
The drug Warfarin (Coumadin) or any other anticoagulant or "blood thinners" may interact with the exact function of Flutamide. The interaction may cause severe bleeding. Other drugs not mentioned here may also react with Flutamide so it is better if you inform your doctor if you are taking any script or over-the-counter medicines.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Flutamide may also be known as: