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Clinical data
Other namesDesmethylenzalutamide; Norenzalutamide
Drug classNonsteroidal antiandrogen
Pharmacokinetic data
Protein binding95%[1]
Elimination half-life7.8 days[2][1]
  • 4-[3-[4-Cyano-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-5,5-dimethyl-4-oxo-2-sulfanylideneimidazolidin-1-yl]-2-fluorobenzamide
CAS Number
PubChem CID
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass450.41 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • CC1(C(=O)N(C(=S)N1C2=CC(=C(C=C2)C(=O)N)F)C3=CC(=C(C=C3)C#N)C(F)(F)F)C
  • InChI=1S/C20H14F4N4O2S/c1-19(2)17(30)27(11-4-3-10(9-25)14(7-11)20(22,23)24)18(31)28(19)12-5-6-13(16(26)29)15(21)8-12/h3-8H,1-2H3,(H2,26,29)

N-Desmethylenzalutamide is a nonsteroidal antiandrogen (NSAA) and the major metabolite of enzalutamide, an NSAA which is used as a hormonal antineoplastic agent in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer.[3][4][2] It has similar activity to that of enzalutamide and, with enzalutamide therapy, circulates at similar concentrations to those of enzalutamide at steady state.[3][4][2] N-Desmethylenzalutamide is formed from enzalutamide in the liver by the cytochrome P450 enzymes CYP2C8 and CYP3A4.[4] It has a longer terminal half-life than enzalutamide (7.8 days versus 5.8 days).[2]


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