In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02221861 ||ANANDRON 50MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Nilutamide belongs to a group of medications known as nonsteroidal antiandrogens. Nonsteroidal antiandrogens such as nilutamide block the effect of the male hormone testosterone in the body. Prostate cancer cells require testosterone in order to grow and reproduce. Nilutamide is used in combination with surgery and a hormone therapy that reduces the amount of testosterone in the body (e.g., goserelin) for the treatment of prostate cancer.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose for nilutamide is 300 mg once daily before breakfast for the first month of treatment, followed by 150 mg once daily before breakfast. This treatment should be started at the same time as treatment with an LHRH analogue (e.g., goserelin) or after surgical removal of the testicles.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store the medication at room temperature, and protect from light and moisture.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each 50 mg tablet is white, round, biconvex, debossed with "168" over "A" on one side and with the Roussel logo on the other side. Non-medicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, povidone, sodium docusate,
Each 150 mg tablet is white, round, biconvex, engraved "168D" on one side and with the RU logoe on the other side. Non-medicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, povidone, sodium docusate, and talc.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Nilutamide should not be used by or given to anyone who:
- is sensitive or allergic to nilutamide or any ingredients of the medication
- is a child
- is female
- has severe liver dysfunction
- has severe respiratory insufficiency