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What is Flutamide used for?

Flutamide is used to treat prostate cancer. It belongs to a class of drugs known as anti-androgens (anti-testosterone). By blocking the effects of testosterone, Flutamide slows the growth and spread of prostate cancer. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Flutamide?

The dosage of Flutamide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Flutamide can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Flutamide?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Flutamide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Flutamide?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Flutamide, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Flutamide?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Flutamide.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Flutamide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Flutamide?

Like other medicines, Flutamide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Flutamide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Flutamide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Flutamide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Flutamide can cause side effects such as nausea, hot flashes, diarrhea, loss of appetite, impotence, and enlarged breasts. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Flutamide.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Flutamide?

Is it possible for me to take Flutamide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Flutamide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Flutamide?
How will Flutamide work in my body?
How should Flutamide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Flutamide drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Flutamide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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