Patients who have surgery to help eliminate prostate cancer take Nilutamide after their surgery. This medication stops prostate cancer cells from growing and multiplying by blocking the effects of a male hormone called androgen.

Side Effects/Warnings

This medication can cause a life-threatening lung disease. Contact your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms like these:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Fever

Patients with a history of lung disease are at greater risk of developing lung problems as a result of taking this drug. All patients should get a chest x-ray and pulmonary function tests prior to beginning this treatment to ensure that their lungs are healthy enough to handle treatment.

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