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Brand Names: Nilandron

Generic Name: nilutamide (Pronunciation: nih LUTE ah mide)

What is nilutamide (Nilandron)?

Nilutamide is an antiandrogen. It works in the body to prevent the actions of androgens (male hormones).

Nilutamide is used in the treatment of prostate cancer.

Nilutamide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of nilutamide (Nilandron)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking nilutamide, and seek emergency medical attention or notify your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives),
  • shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, or fever;
  • liver damage (yellow skin or eyes, dark urine, itching, persistent appetite loss, pain in the upper right stomach area, or unexplained flulike symptoms).

Other less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take nilutamide and talk to your doctor if you experience

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about nilutamide (Nilandron)?

Call your doctor immediately if you develop yellow skin or eyes, dark urine, itching, persistent appetite loss, pain in the upper right stomach area, unexplained "flu-like" symptoms, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, or fever.

Alcohol may cause facial flushing, dizziness, and other symptoms in approximately 5% of patients when used during treatment with nilutamide. Do not drink alcohol if you experience any of these symptoms.

Nilutamide may cause a delay in your ability to see in the dark after being in a lighted area. Use caution when driving at night, when entering into a tunnel, and in other similar situations. Tinted glasses may alleviate this side effect.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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