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Cytadren Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking aminoglutethimide (Cytadren)?

Do not use aminoglutethimide without first talking to your doctor if you have recently had:

  • a serious injury;
  • surgery; or
  • a serious illness.

You may not be able to use aminoglutethimide, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Aminoglutethimide is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use aminoglutethimide without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Discuss with your doctor the appropriate use of birth control during treatment.

It is not known whether aminoglutethimide passes into breast milk. Do not take aminoglutethimide without first talking to your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.

How should I use aminoglutethimide (Cytadren)?

Aminoglutethimide should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced with its use and hazards. Treatment should usually begin in a hospital.

Take each oral dose with a full glass of water.

Your doctor will determine the correct amount and frequency of treatment with aminoglutethimide depending upon your condition. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the treatment schedule.

Your doctor will probably want you to have regularly scheduled blood tests and other medical evaluations during treatment with aminoglutethimide to monitor progress and side effects.

Store aminoglutethimide at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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