This is medication used to treat prostate cancer in men. This medication is used alongside other medications or radiation treatment. This drug is also commonly known as Flutamide.
How it works
This medication belongs to a class of medications known as anti-androgens. Testosterone is a natural hormone that influences prostate cancer to grow and spread. This medication works by blocking the effects of testosterone and thereby prevents the growth and spread of prostate cancer.
The primary use of this medication is its ability to prevent the spread and growth of prostate cancer among men. This medication works best when it is combined with other drugs or radiation treatments.
It is important for you to follow the instructions provided by your physician at all times. This medication is usually taken three times a day, by mouth, with or without food. However, your physician might prescribe you a different dosage, one that suits your condition better. The dosage will be determined according to your medical condition and the way you respond to the treatment.
Remember that increasing the number of tablets you take per day will not make the condition heal any faster. It will only make you more susceptible to the side effects. Therefore, always follow the instructions provided in the prescription. If you wish to make any changes to the dosage or the dose schedule, consult your physician first.
This medication works best when you consume it on a regular basis. Therefore, you need to make sure that you will not miss or skip your doses. If you do miss a dose, you need to take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is already time for the next time, then forget about the missed one. Never double the dose in order to compensate for a dose that you missed.
Consuming this medication can sometimes lead to some adverse health effects. The following are some such effects that you might experience during the treatment period.
Loss of sexual interest
Enlargement of breasts
Diarrhea is a common symptom of this medication. Therefore, you need to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Decrease dairy products and stop using laxatives. If you do experience persistent diarrhea, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
The following are some precautions which you need to adhere to during the treatment period.
Make sure to inform your physician about your medical history.
Ensure that you are not allergic to the medication.
Do not drive or operate machinery after taking your dose as this medication can make you dizzy.
Women or children must not use this medication under any circumstance.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
Inform your physician if you have suffered from liver problems in the past.
If you are consuming any medications for other ailments that you are suffering from, make sure to give a complete account of the medications that you are using. You physician must be informed of all the prescription, nonprescription and herbal drugs that you are consuming.