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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug nilutamide to help treat your illness. The drug comes in tablets to take by mouth. It can be taken with or without food.
This medication is used in combination with surgical removal of your testicles to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Nilutamide is in a class of drugs known as antiandrogens; it slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. It works by blocking the effects of excess testosterone, a substance produced by the body, that promotes the growth of cancer cells.
You should begin taking nilutamide the day of or on the day after the surgical removal of your testicles. After about 30 days of treatment, your doctor will probably decrease your dose. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking and how well your body responds to nilutamide.
Before taking nilutamide
Side effects from nilutamide can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep nitulamide in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from light and excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Some patients may experience unpleasant side effects if they consume alcohol while taking nilutamide. If you experience flushing, irregular heartbeats, confusion, or headache you should avoid drinking alcohol or using products such as mouthwash or cough and cold medications that contain alcohol.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT