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Generic Name: Nilutamide
Class: Antineoplastic Agents
VA Class: AN900
Chemical Name: 5,5-Dimethyl-3-(4-nitro-3-[trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-2,4-imidazolidinedione
Molecular Formula: C12H10F3N3O4
CAS Number: 63612-50-0

Interstitial Pneumonitis

Interstitial pneumonitis, rarely resulting in hospitalization or death, reported.1 Manifestations generally occurred within the first 3 months of therapy and resolved following discontinuance of the drug.1

Immediately discontinue therapy if dyspnea or worsening of preexisting dyspnea occurs.1 9 (See Interstitial Pneumonitis under Cautions.)


Antineoplastic agent; a nonsteroidal antiandrogen2 5 9 15 18 structurally and pharmacologically related to bicalutamide and flutamide.4 11 12 17 18

Uses for Nilandron Prostate Cancer

Adjunct to orchiectomy in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer involving distant lymph nodes, bone, or visceral organs (stage D2).1 2 3 5 6 7 8 24 30 33

Slows progression of the disease, relieves bone pain associated with metastatic disease, and improves overall survival rate after long-term therapy (8.5 years).3 5 6 7 9 30

Nilandron Dosage and Administration General

Determine PSA concentrations periodically during therapy to monitor therapeutic response, including successful remission or possible progression of cancer.9 30

If PSA concentrations increase substantially and consistently during therapy, evaluate the possibility of clinical progression.29

Administration Oral Administration

Administer orally once daily without regard to meals.1 9

Dosage Adults Prostate Cancer Oral

300 mg once daily for 30 days, followed by 150 mg given once daily thereafter.1 For maximum benefit, initiate nilutamide on the day of or the day after orchiectomy.1

Duration of therapy depends on the duration of clinical response of the patient.29

Cautions for Nilandron Contraindications

Severe hepatic impairment.1

Severe respiratory insufficiency.1

Known hypersensitivity to nilutamide or any ingredient in the formulation.1

Warnings/Precautions Warnings Interstitial Pneumonitis

Interstitial pneumonitis reported (i.e., progressive exertional dyspnea, cough, chest pain, fever, interstitial or alveolo-interstitial changes on chest radiographs, and pulmonary function tests show a restrictive pattern with decreased carbon monoxide diffusing capacity),1 rarely resulting in hospitalization or death.1 Manifestations generally occurred within the first 3 months of therapy and resolved following discontinuance of the drug.1

Obtain a chest radiograph prior to the initiation of therapy.1 9 Baseline pulmonary function tests also may be considered.1

Immediately discontinue therapy if dyspnea or worsening of preexisting dyspnea occurs; perform tests to determine if respiratory symptoms are drug related.1 9

Hepatic Effects

Severe hepatic injury (i.e., hepatitis, increased serum transaminase concentrations) reported, sometimes resulting in hospitalization and/or rarely death;1 9 generally occurred within the first 3–4 months of therapy.1

Measure serum transaminase concentrations prior to initiation of therapy, at regular intervals during the first 4 months of treatment, and periodically thereafter.1 Immediately measure serum transaminase concentrations if clinical signs or symptoms suggestive of liver dysfunction (e.g., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, anorexia, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, jaundice, or right upper quadrant tenderness) occur.1 Discontinue immediately and closely monitor liver function if jaundice develops or serum ALT concentration is >2 times ULN.1

Use in Women

Safety and efficacy not established in women.1 29

Not intended for use in women, particularly for nonserious or non-life-threatening conditions.1

Hematologic Effects

Isolated cases of aplastic anemia reported, but a causal relationship with nilutamide not established.a

General Precautions Ocular Effects

Possible difficulty in visual adaptation to changes in light level; delays, ranging from seconds to a few minutes, in adapting to changes from light to dark reported.1 Such effect may not diminish during continued therapy with the drug.1 To minimize this effect, advise patients to wear tinted glasses during exposure to bright light.1

Alcohol Intolerance

Possible alcohol intolerance (e.g., facial flushing, malaise, hypotension); avoid concomitant use.1 32

Specific Populations Pregnancy

Category C.1 (See Use in Women under Cautions.)

Pediatric Use

Safety and efficacy not established.1 29

Common Adverse Effects

Hypertension, nausea, constipation, hot flushes, increased AST/ALT concentrations, dizziness, impaired adaptation to dark, abnormal vision.a

Interactions for Nilandron

Inhibits the activity of CYP isoenzymes; may reduce the metabolism of drugs metabolized by these systems.a

Specific Drugs





Possible alcohol intolerance (e.g., facial flushing, malaise, hypotension)1 32

Avoid concomitant use1 32


Increased plasma phenytoin concentrationsa

Monitor for phenytoin toxicity and adjust dosages as neededa


Increased plasma theophylline concentrationsa

Monitor for theophylline toxicity and adjust dosages as neededa

Vitamin K antagonists (e.g., warfarin sodium)

Increased plasma vitamin K antagonist concentrationsa

Monitor PT and adjust dosages as neededa

Nilandron Pharmacokinetics Absorption Bioavailability

Rapidly and completely absorbed to yield high and persistent plasma concentrations.a

Distribution Plasma Protein Binding

Moderately bound to plasma proteins; minimally bound to erythrocytes.a

Elimination Metabolism

Extensively metabolized in the liver and lungs by CYP isoenzymes to mainly inactive metabolites.a

Elimination Route

Eliminated almost exclusively by hepatic metabolism.b Excreted principally in urine as metabolites; <2% is excreted unchanged in urine.a


Mean elimination half-life is approximately 30–59 hours following a single 100–300-mg dose.a

Stability Storage Oral Tablets

25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).1 Protect from light.1


Pure antiandrogen, possesses no intrinsic estrogenic, antiestrogenic, progestational, antiprogestational, or adrenocortical activity.1 2 9 13

Competitively blocks nuclear androgen receptors in target tissues (e.g., prostate, seminal vesicles, adrenal cortex).2 10 11 12 13 14

Blockade of androgen receptors in the hormone-sensitive tumor cells may result in growth arrest or transient tumor regression through inhibition of androgen-dependent DNA and protein synthesis.2 10 11 12 13 14

The relative binding affinity of nilutamide at androgen receptors is less than that of bicalutamide, but similar to that of hydroxyflutamide, the active metabolite of flutamide.2 4

Advice to Patients

Risk of interstitial pneumonitis.1 Importance of immediately notifying clinicians of dyspnea or worsening of preexisting dyspnea.1

Risk of hepatic toxicity.1 Importance of notifying clinicians if symptoms of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or jaundice occur.1

Risk of delay in visually adapting to changes from light to dark.1 Importance of wearing tinted glasses during exposure to bright light and of exercising caution when driving at night or through tunnels.1

Risk of alcohol intolerance (e.g., facial flushing, malaise, hypotension).1 32 Importance of avoiding alcohol consumption if such intolerance occurs.1 32

Importance of taking only as prescribed; do not interrupt or discontinue therapy unless otherwise instructed by a clinician.a

Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs, as well as any concomitant illnesses.1

Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information.1 (See Cautions.)


Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.



Dosage Forms


Brand Names




150 mg

Nilandron (with povidone)


Comparative Pricing

This pricing information is subject to change at the sole discretion of DS Pharmacy. This pricing information was updated 03/2011. Actual costs to patients will vary depending on the use of specific retail or mail-order locations and health insurance copays.

Nilandron 150MG Tablets (SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S.): 30/$473.88 or 90/$1389.65


This report on medications is for your information only, and is not considered individual patient advice. Because of the changing nature of drug information, please consult your physician or pharmacist about specific clinical use.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. and represent that the information provided hereunder was formulated with a reasonable standard of care, and in conformity with professional standards in the field. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. and make no representations or warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to such information and specifically disclaims all such warranties. Users are advised that decisions regarding drug therapy are complex medical decisions requiring the independent, informed decision of an appropriate health care professional, and the information is provided for informational purposes only. The entire monograph for a drug should be reviewed for a thorough understanding of the drug's actions, uses and side effects. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. and do not endorse or recommend the use of any drug. The information is not a substitute for medical care.

AHFS Drug Information. © Copyright, 1959-2011, Selected Revisions November 2005. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.


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