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What Is Enzalutamide Used For?

How Does It Work?

Androgens (male sex hormones, such as testosterone) stimulate the growth of prostate cancer. Enzalutamide is known as an androgen receptor inhibitor (also known as antiandrogens). It works by binding to androgen receptors and preventing testosterone from also binding to the receptor. Enzalutamide is also thought to block the downstream effects of testosterone after it binds to the androgen receptor.
 

Can Children Use This Medicine?

Enzalutamide is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the particular risks and benefits of using this medication in children.
 

Is Enzalutamide Safe for Use in Older Adults?

Because prostate cancer is more common in older men, the majority of men in enzalutamide clinical trials were older than age 65. There were no observable differences between older and younger age groups in respect to the medication's effectiveness or safety.
 

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medicines for something other than the officially approved uses. This is known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for enzalutamide.
 
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