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Eur Urol. 1996;30(4):458-63.

Tolerability and safety of flutamide in monotherapy, with orchiectomy or with LHRH-a in advanced prostate cancer patients. A Belgian multicenter study of 905 patients.

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  • 1Universitair Ziekenhuis, Gent, Belgium.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

In a multicenter study, 905 patients with newly diagnosed advanced prostate cancer treated with flutamide were followed for safety and side effects.

METHODS:

Flutamide was administered in monotherapy (75 patients (8%)) or as part of total androgen blockade (TAB groups): the latter group had orchiectomy (196 patients (22%)) or an LHRH (634 patients (70%)).

RESULTS:

The incidence of gastrointestinal complaints such as loss of appetite, vomiting/nausea and diarrhea (+/- 15%) was similar in the TAB and the monotherapy groups. Eighteen patients (2%) were withdrawn because of severe diarrhea. Hot flushes was the most frequently reported adverse event in TAB groups (40% of patients), leading to withdrawal in 4 patients (0.4%). Breast tenderness occurred most frequently in the monotherapy group (49%) and was reported as severe in 7% of the patients. Only 0.8% of the patients were withdrawn because of liver function changes. No unexpected potentially dangerous adverse events were reported.

CONCLUSION:

Flutamide alone or in combination therapy appears to be safe and well tolerated.

PMID:
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