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Flutamide - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Dec 06, 2010
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Information about Flutamide

Generic Name : Flutamide
Pronunciation : floo' ta mide
Latest prescription information about Flutamide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Hormones

Trade Names/Brand Names of Flutamide

India : 

International : 


Why is Flutamide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an oral non-steroidal antiandrogen, mainly prescribed for prostate cancer. The medication blocks the effect of androgen hormone and thereby inhibits the growth and spread of cancer cells. 


When should Flutamide not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with liver impairment; hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Flutamide?

PO- The recommended dosage is 2 capsules 3 times a day at 8-hour intervals for a total daily dose of 750 mg.

How should Flutamide be taken?

It comes as a capsule and tablet to take by mouth with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Flutamide?

• This medication is meant only for men.

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood diseases and who are taking anticoagulant drugs.

It should not be given to pregnant women.

What are the side effects of Flutamide?

  Most Common: Hot flashes, diarrhea, inflammation of urinary bladder/rectum, rectal bleeding, blood in urine, nausea and skin rash.
  Genitourinary: Loss of sexual drive, impotence, low sperm count and breast enlargement in male.
  Heart: High blood pressure.
  Central Nervous System: Drowsiness, confusion, depression, anxiety and nervousness.
  Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite and gastrointestinal disorders.
  Blood: Anemia, decrease in white blood cells and platelets
  Liver: Liver inflammation and jaundice.
  Skin: Irritation at the injection site and rash.
  Miscellaneous: Swelling in extremities.

What are the other precautions for Flutamide?

Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Flutamide?

Store it in refrigerator between 2 - 30°C.

Schedule : H
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