Adult men who have prostate cancer that has progressed or spread to other areas may receive Emcyt® (estramustine phosphate). This prescription medication comes in capsule form, and there is only one available strength (140 mg). Emcyt is taken three or four times daily on an empty stomach, about one hour before or two hours after eating.
The specific dosage of Emcyt your healthcare provider prescribes will depend on your weight, how you respond to the medicine, and various other factors. Some of the possible side effects of this drug include nausea, diarrhea, and breast enlargement.
(For more details on this topic, click Emcyt. This resource takes a closer look at this prescription drug, including dosing instructions and safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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