Diarrhea is more common and sometimes more severe with flutamide than with other NSAAs.  In a comparative trial of combined androgen blockade for prostate cancer, the rate of diarrhea was 26% for flutamide and 12% for bicalutamide.  Moreover, 6% of flutamide-treated patients discontinued the drug due to diarrhea, whereas only % of bicalutamide-treated patients did so.  In the case of antiandrogen monotherapy for prostate cancer, the rates of diarrhea are 5–20% for flutamide, 2–5% for bicalutamide, and 2–4% for nilutamide .  In contrast to diarrhea, the rates of nausea and vomiting are similar among the three drugs. 
Most drugs of abuse are addictive. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite negative consequences and by long-lasting changes in the brain. People who are addicted have strong cravings for the drug, making it difficult to stop using. Most drugs alter a person’s thinking and judgment, which can increase the risk of injury or death from drugged driving or infectious diseases (., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis) from unsafe sexual practices or needle sharing. Drug use during pregnancy can lead to neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition in which a baby can suffer from dependence and withdrawal symptoms after birth. Pregnancy-related issues are listed in the chart below for drugs where there is enough scientific evidence to connect the drug use to negative effects. However, most drugs could potentially harm an unborn baby.