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How Does This Medicine Work?
Androgens (male sex hormones, such as testosterone) stimulate the growth of prostate cancer. Xtandi 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. Xtandi is also thought to block the downstream effects of testosterone after it binds to the androgen receptor.
Is It Safe for Children to Use Xtandi?
Xtandi 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.
Can Older Adults Use It?
Because prostate cancer is more common in older men, the majority of men in Xtandi 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.
Off-Label Xtandi 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 Xtandi.