Cytomid 250Mg Tablet is an anti-androgen. It treats prostate cancer along with other medications. It functions by interfering with the antigen activity. This stops tumor growth. This medication is not recommended for use in women.
On using this medication you may experience side effects such as enlargement of breast, skin rash, hives, difficulty in breathing, diarrhoea, decreased libido, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding, hot flashes, reduced appetite, muscle pain, chest pain and swelling of body parts. If your reactions persist or become severe over time seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Before using this medication inform your doctor if; you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained within this medication, you are taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs, you have severe liver disease/ blood sugar disorders, you smoke, you are allergic to any foods, medicines or substances, you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding a baby.
The dosage for this medication should be prescribed by the doctor based on your medical history and current condition. The usual dose in adults for treating Prostate Cancer is 250 mg taken orally in gaps of 8 hours.
What is Cytomid used for?
Cytomid tablets 250mg are used to treat prostate cancer which is in an advanced stage, and is a palliative treatment for advanced prostatic cancer in previously untreated patients or those who have not responded, stopped responding (become refractory) or cannot tolerate other hormonal treatments. Cytomid 250 is generally used in combination with another medication, a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist that induces medical castration, which means that testosterone is no longer produced by the testes and this helps in the treatment of prostate cancer. Alternatively, Cytomid 250 is used in combination with surgical castration. Cytomid tablets 250mg may also be used to prevent a flare reaction associated with the initial use of LHRH agonist therapy, which is when large amounts of testosterone are suddenly produced in response to LHRH, before testosterone production is switched off, and may be painful or harmful in advanced prostate cancer, which has become metastatic (spread to other sites outside the prostate).
How does Cytomid work?
Cytomid tablets 250mg contain flutamide, a non-steroidal anti-androgen, which acts as a testosterone analogue as it is similar in structure to testosterone and binds to the same receptor in prostate cells but without activating any normal testosterone actions. Prostate cancer is a testosterone-dependent tumour, which means that it needs testosterone to grow. Testosterone is an androgen or male hormone that is produced in the testes and is responsible for the secondary sexual characteristics, such as facial hair and increased muscle mass; it is also required for the prostate gland to function normally. Flutamide in Cytomid 250 binds to the androgen receptor in prostate cancer cells, which blocks the stimulation by testosterone of cancer cell growth and helps slow or prevent progression of the tumour.
In addition to its intended effect, Cytomid 250Mg Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
- Decreased libido
- Breast enlargement in male
- Abdominal Pain
- Weight gain
- Increased liver enzymes
- Breast tenderness
- Decreased appetite
- Hot flashes.
Expert advice for Cytomid Tablet
Do not drive or operate machinery as flutamide can affect your nervous system and cause visual changes.
Consult your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions: liver disease, a genetic enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, hemoglobin M disease; habit of smoking.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have severe or ongoing diarrhea.
Avoid dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt to prevent diarrhea and do not use laxatives while taking flutamide.
Drink plenty of liquids while you are on flutamide treatment.
Frequently asked questions for Flutamide
Q. Is flutamide chemotherapy?
Flutamide is used as chemotherapy for the treatment of cancers
Q. Is flutamide cytotoxic?
Yes, flutamide is cytotoxic (toxic to cells)
Q. Does flutamide cause weight gain?
Flutamide has no known effects on weight gain
Q. Does flutamide lower testosterone?
Yes, flutamide lowers testosterone levels and blocks testosterone from reaching the cancer cells, thereby slowing the growth and of cancer cells.