How to take flutamide?
Take Flutamid exactly as directed. Do not use more or less and do not take it more often than recommended.
If diarrhea develops – a relatively common side effect of therapy – the following measures may help: drink plenty of fluids; avoid dairy products; increase the consumption of whole grains, fruits and vegetables; avoid laxatives; and take over-the-counter antidiarrheal drugs. If diarrhea persists or becomes severe, contact your doctor.
What side effects may occur?
Side effects cannot be expected. If the intensity occurs or changes, please inform your doctor immediately. Because flutamide is always given with another anti-androgen drug, it is difficult to determine which drug is responsible if an adverse reaction occurs. Only a doctor can determine if it is safe to continue taking Flutamide.
Side effects may include: breast swelling and tenderness, diarrhea, hot flashes, impotence, loss of sex drive, nausea, vomiting
When medications are used with radiation therapy, additional side effects may include cystitis, rectal bleeding, blood in the urine, and intestinal problems.
Why should Flutamid not be prescribed?
This medicine is not intended for women and should not be used by people with severe liver disease. You won’t be able to take it if it causes an allergic reaction.
Special warnings for flutamide
Flutamide is known to cause liver failure in some patients, in rare cases leading to death. Your doctor will carry out blood tests to check your liver function before you start treatment with Flutamid, and then at regular intervals. If you have a liver problem, you may need to take a smaller dose of flutamide or stop taking it altogether. Immediately report any symptoms that may suggest liver damage to your doctor. Warning signs include dark urine, itching, flu-like symptoms, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), persistent loss of appetite and persistent tenderness on the right side of the upper abdomen.
Possible interactions with food and medicines while taking Flutamide
If you are already taking warfarin, an anticoagulant, you will need to be monitored closely after starting flutamide treatment. Your doctor may reduce your dose of warfarin.
Special information for pregnant or lactating women
Flutamide can harm a growing child. Women should never take flutamide, either during pregnancy or any other time.
Recommended dosage of flutamide
The recommended adult dose of Flutamide is 2 capsules 3 times a day at 8-hour intervals, giving a total daily dose of 750 milligrams.