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How can I minimize the side effects of Xtandi?

You can minimize the side effects of Xtandi (enzalutamide), a prescription medication used to treat metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, by closely following the directions that come with the medicine. Take the capsules whole -- do not dissolve, chew or open them. You can take Xtandi with or without food. Take Xtandi around the same time every day. Do not stop taking it or change your dosage before talking with your doctor.

Xtandi can interact with a number of drugs, in some cases increasing the risk of side effects and in others possibly making Xtandi less effective. Some supplements may interact with Xtandi, too. Xtandi can also affect how well certain other drugs work. Before you start taking Xtandi, tell your doctor about all your other medications (prescription and over-the-counter), as well as any supplements you take. Once you're on Xtandi, talk with your doctor before taking a new drug or supplement. If you take warfarin, you should have additional testing to see how long it takes for your blood to clot.

Because Xtandi may cause seizures, you should not participate in activities where a sudden loss of consciousness could result in serious harm to yourself or others.

Xtandi can be harmful to a developing fetus. If you are taking Xtandi, do not have sex with a pregnant woman without using a condom; you should do this for three months after you stop taking Xtandi. If you have sex with a woman who could become pregnant, use a condom and another form of birth control; you should do this for three months after you stop taking Xtandi.

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