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It is used with surgery to treat prostate cancer
               



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What is this medicine?

NILUTAMIDE (nye LOO ta mide) blocks the effect of the male hormone called testosterone. It is used with surgery to treat prostate cancer.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • liver disease
  • lung disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to nilutamide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food or on an empty stomach. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • phenytoin
  • theophylline
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

This medicine may affect your vision. Your eyes may have trouble adjusting from light to dark. Be careful driving at night or through tunnels. Wearing tinted glasses may help.

Drinking alcohol with this medicine may cause facial flushing, low blood pressure, and tiredness. Avoid alcoholic drinks if you have such effects.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • dark urine
  • general ill feeling or flu- like symptoms
  • high blood pressure
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • right upper belly pain
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance
  • changes in vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • dry skin
  • hot flashes
  • trouble sleeping

               
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