Flutamide is used in tandem vvith the drug Lupron to treat prostate cancer. Manufactured by Schering, flutamide has been studied in animals and humans as a potential antibaldness drug.
HOW DOES İT WORK?
A povverful nonsteroidal antiandrogen, flutamide blocks and vveakens the action of androgens.
HOW IS İT USED?
The jury is stili out regarding flutamide’s effectiveness as an antibaldness drug. But in one study involving vvomen, dosages of 250 milligrams taken twice daily in combination vvith an oral contraceptive produced modest hair regrovvth.
ARE THERE SİDE EFFECTS?
According to the Physicians’ Desk Ref erence, the drug has side effects that include anemia, anxiety, breast tissue svvelling, diarrhea,
high blood pressure, and liver problems. In addition, your fetus may be harmed if you take flutamide while pregnant.
There is a newer nonsteroidal antiandrogen called bicalutamide (Casodex) used to treat prostate cancer. It is has fewer side effects than flutamide, according to medical research. Manufactured by Zeneca, bicalutamide has been mentioned on the Internet and elsewhere as a potential baldness remedy for vvomen, although no research currently supports this use. As with flutamide, bicalutamide taken during pregnancy poses a potential hazard to the fetus.
NOTE: According to the Physicians’ Desk Ref erence, before considering flutamide, check vvith your doctor if:
• You have liver disease.
• You are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are nursing.
• You are taking other prescription or nonprescription drugs.
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