Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer
Adult: 240 mg once daily. If ≥ Grade 3 toxicity or intolerable side effects occur, withhold treatment until symptoms improve to ≤ Grade 1 or original grade, then resume to normal dosing or reduce to 180 or 120 mg once daily if needed. Continue medical castration with gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue (GnRHa) during the treatment in patients not surgically castrated. Dose reduction or discontinuation of treatment may be required according to individual safety or tolerability (refer to detailed product guideline).
May be taken with or without food.
Females. Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Patient with history of seizures or predisposing factors for seizure; risk of falls or fractures; recent CV disease and QT prolongation. Severe renal and hepatic impairment.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Falls, fractures, seizures, skin rash, hypothyroidism and elevated TSH, QT prolongation.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Fatigue.
Investigations: Decreased weight.
Metabolism and nutrition disorders: Hypercholesterolaemia, hypertriglyceridaemia.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Arthralgia.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Pruritus.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor for signs and symptoms of seizures and dermatologic toxicity. Assess for fall and fracture risk. Monitor thyroid function (e.g. TSH) as necessary.
Drug Interactions
Increased serum concentration with strong CYP2C8 inhibitors (e.g. gemfibrozil) and CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g. ketoconazole). May decrease serum concentration of P-glycoprotein substrate (P-gp) (e.g. fexofenadine, colchicine, dabigatran, etexilate, digoxin) and breast cancer resistant protein (BCRP)/organic anion transporting polypeptide 1B1 (OATP1B1) (e.g. rosuvastatin, lapatinib, methotrexate, repaglinide). Increased risk of QT prolongation and may induce Torsade de pointes with class IA (e.g. quinidine, disopyramide) or class III (e.g. amiodarone, sotalol, dofetilide, ibutilide) antiarrhythmic agents, methadone, moxifloxacin, antipsychotics (e.g. haloperidol).
Description: Apalutamide is a nonsteroidal androgen receptor inhibitor that binds directly to the androgen receptor ligand-binding domain to block androgen receptor nuclear translocation, DNA binding and androgen receptor-mediated transcription resulting to decreased tumour cell proliferation and increased apoptosis, leading to decrease in tumour volume.
Absorption: Bioavailability: Approx 100%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 2 hours (range: 1-5 hours).
Distribution: Volume of distribution: Approx 276 L. Plasma protein binding: 96% (apalutamide); 95% (N-desmethyl apalutamide).
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver by CYP2C8 and CYP3A4 enzymes to form the active metabolite N-desmethyl apalutamide.
Excretion: Via urine (65%; 1.2% as apalutamide, 2.7% as N-desmethyl apalutamide); faeces (24%; 1.5% as apalutamide, 2% as N-desmethyl apalutamide). Elimination half-life: Approx 3 days.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Apalutamide, CID=24872560, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Apalutamide (accessed on Jan. 20, 2020)

Store below 30°C. Protect from light and moisture. This is a cytotoxic drug. Follow applicable procedures for receiving, handling, administration, and disposal. Wear gloves during receiving, unpacking, and placing in storage.
MIMS Class
Cancer Hormone Therapy
ATC Classification
L02BB05 - apalutamide ; Belongs to the class of anti-androgens. Used in treatment of neoplastic diseases.
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