What You Should Know about Eulexin (Flutamide)
Generic name of the medication Eulexin is Flutamide. So, health care professionals may use both names of the medication when prescribing it to you. Eulexin is used in hormone therapy and is classified as one of the group of "anti-androgen" medications.
Eulexin (Flutamide) is used in treating men with prostate cancer of advanced level (D2 stage) when there are already metastases already spread to other different areas of the patient's body.
Eulexin (Flutamide) is manufactured in capsules and is taken orally (by mouth). Note that the capsule's content may be opened and then mixed with some soft food (applesauce or something like this). It is not recommended to mix the drug with any liquid.
Daily dosing of Flutamide should be properly spaced throughout the whole day (if you are taking the drug three times a day, you take it every eight hours).
Eulexin (Flutamide) is usually prescribed at the same time with LHRH therapy starts. There are also cases when the medication is started about five-seven days before the patient gets the agonist to LHRH. It is usually done when the patient is suffering from metastases in spinal cord to block the so called "flare" of testosterone that can occur after receiving LHRH agonist.
Dosage and schedule of Eulexin (Flutamide) can be determined only by your personal doctor.
There are some important notes you should know about the side effects of Eulexin. Actually only 30% percent of all patients taking this medication suffer from side effects. These are the most frequently observed: hot flashes, gynecomastia (swelling of the breasts), decreased libido (lost of sexual interest), impotence (when a man can't obtain an erection), diarrhea, galactorrhea (nipple discharge). There are also less common side effects of Eulexin: vomiting, nausea, yellow-green color of your urine, abdominal pain, flu-like, loss of appetite.
There are some very dangerous symptoms, and if you experience any of them, you should immediately search for medical assistance! Pay attention to the following list of symptoms: difficulty breathing, chest pain, inability to urinate or urinary retention.
Before you start taking Eulexin (Flutamide), you should tell your personal doctor about all the other drugs you are taking at the moment (including over-the counter, herbal medications, vitamins and the prescription).
It is not advisable for women with category D pregnancy to take Eulexin as it is may be very dangerous to the fetus. It is not advisable to take the drug if a woman is breastfeeding a child.