In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00637726 ||EUFLEX 250MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Flutamide belongs to a group of medications known as nonsteroidal antiandrogens. Nonsteroidal antiandrogens such as flutamide block the effect of the male hormone testosterone in the body.
Prostate cancer cells require testosterone in order to grow and reproduce. Flutamide is used in combination with 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 is 250 mg 3 times daily at 8 hour intervals. 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.
Flutamide may be taken with food or on an empty stomach.
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 this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
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 pale yellow round tablet, engraved with "EUFLEX" on one side and a single score on the other side with the "SP" logo engraved on each side of the score line, contains flutamide 250 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, silicone dioxide, and sodium lauryl sulfate. This product does not contain tartrazine.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take flutamide if you:
- are allergic to flutamide or any ingredients of the medication
- are female
- have severely reduced liver function