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Generic name: radium 223 dichloride
Dosage form: intravenous injection
Drug class: Therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals

Medically reviewed by Melisa Puckey, BPharm. Last updated on Mar 28, 2024.

What is Xofigo?

 Xofigo (radium 223 dichloride) is used to treat patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), symptomatic bone metastases, and no known visceral metastatic disease. Xofigo contains a radioactive material called radium 233, which concentrates in the bone where there is cancer and kills the cancer cells. Xofigo treatment may help patients live longer and may slow the cancer from damaging bones, so it may be longer before you have more bone symptoms or bone fractures due to the cancer. 

Xofigo acts like calcium and goes to areas of bone that grow quickly, which is where the cancer cells are. Xofigo works as once it binds to cancer in the bone, it gives off radiation that breaks the cancer cell's DNA, which kills the prostate cancer cells.

Xofigo is given as a slow intravenous injection every 4 weeks for 6 injections. The half-life of Xofigo is 11.4 days.

Xofigo treatment received  FDA approval on May 15, 2013, for the treatment of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer who have bones symptomatic bone metastases and no known visceral metastatic disease. 

Xofigo side effects

Common Xofigo side effects

The most common Xofigo side effects were nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and peripheral edema, which affected 10% or more patients. 

The most common hematologic laboratory abnormalities were anemia, lymphocytopenia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and neutropenia, which affected 10% or more patients. 

Serious Xofigo side effects

A serious side effect of Xofigo is bone marrow suppression. It is important to have regular blood tests. You should report signs of bleeding or infections to your healthcare provider.

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Bone Marrow Suppression: Blood counts should be measured before the first treatment and also before every dose of Xofigo. Discontinue Xofigo if hematologic values do not recover within 6 to 8 weeks after treatment. Monitor patients with compromised bone marrow reserve closely. This medicine should be discontinued in patients who experience life-threatening complications despite supportive care measures.

Before taking this medicine

Pregnancy and male fertility:

The safety and efficacy of Xofigo have not been established in females. Xofigo can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant female. It is important to warn pregnant females and females of reproductive potential of the potential risk to a fetus. Pregnancy is contraindicated.

Male patients should not get female partners pregnant during treatment with Xofigo and for 6 months after stopping treatment. Male patients should use condoms, and their female partners (of reproductive potential) should use effective contraception during and for 6 months after completing treatment with Xofigo. 

Based on how Xofigo works, it may impair a male's ability to father children if they are of reproductive potential.

Bone Marrow Suppression:

It is important to be compliant with blood cell count monitoring appointments while receiving Xofigo. You should report signs of bleeding or infections to your healthcare provider.

Increased Fractures and Mortality in Combination with Abiraterone plus Prednisone/Prednisolone:

Patients using Xofigo have an increase in bone fractures and mortality when used in combination with abiraterone acetate and prednisone/prednisolone. You should talk to your healthcare provider about any other medications they are currently taking for prostate cancer.

Fluid Status:

It is important to stay well hydrated and to monitor oral intake, fluid status, and urine output while being treated with Xofigo. You should report signs of dehydration, hypovolemia, urinary retention, or renal failure/insufficiency to your doctor.

Personal contact and radiation exposure to others:

There are no restrictions regarding personal contact (visual or physical proximity) with other people after receiving Xofigo. You should follow good hygiene practices while receiving Xofigo and for at least 1 week after the last injection in order to minimize radiation exposure from bodily fluids to household members and caregivers. Whenever possible, when you use a toilet the toilet should be flushed several times after each use. Clothing soiled with patient fecal matter or urine should be washed promptly and separately from other clothing. Caregivers should use universal precautions for patient care such as gloves and barrier gowns when handling bodily fluids to avoid contamination. When handling bodily fluids, wearing gloves and hand washing will protect caregivers.

Xofigo Dosing Information

The Xofigo dose is 55 kBq (1.49 microcurie) per kg body weight, given at 4 week intervals for 6 injections.

Xofigo is given as injection into a vein over one minute. 

You will have your treatment in a healthcare facility.

After your treatment, you can leave the healthcare facility and go about your daily activities. There are no restrictions regarding personal contact (visual or physical) with other people, this means you are able to hug your friends and family.

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Xofigo is available as a single-dose vial at a concentration of 1,100 kBq/mL (30 microcurie/mL) at the reference date with a total radioactivity of 6,600 kBq/vial (178 microcurie/vial). 

What other drugs will affect Xofigo?

No formal clinical drug interaction studies have been performed.

Subgroup analyses indicated that using of bisphosphonates or calcium channel blockers at the same time as Xofigo did not affect the safety and efficacy of Xofigo in the randomized clinical trial.

Efficacy and Safety Data of Xofigo

The approval of Xofigo (radium 223 dichloride, radium 223) is based on data from the pivotal Phase III ALSYMPCA (ALpharadin in SYMptomatic Prostate CAncer) trial. At the interim analysis, radium 223 significantly improved overall survival (OS) [HR=0.695 (95% CI 0.552-0.875), p=0.00185]; median OS was 14.0 months with radium 223 plus best standard of care vs. 11.2 months with placebo plus best standard of care. Additionally, at the interim analysis there was a delay in the time to first symptomatic skeletal event (SSE) for patients treated with radium 223 vs. placebo.

An updated analysis, conducted after the study was unblinded, showed a further improvement in overall survival (OS) for patients treated with radium 223 vs. placebo, with a median OS of 14.9 months vs. 11.3 months; HR=0.695 (95% CI 0.581-0.832).

The most common adverse reactions (greater than or equal to 10%) in patients receiving radium 223 in the ALSYMPCA trial were nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and peripheral edema. The most common hematologic laboratory abnormalities (greater than or equal to 10%) were anemia, lymphocytopenia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and neutropenia.

About the ALSYMPCA Trial

The ALSYMPCA trial was a Phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled international study of radium 223 dichloride with best standard of care vs. placebo with best standard of care in symptomatic CRPC patients with bone metastases. The trial enrolled 921 patients in more than 100 centers in 19 countries. The study treatment consisted of up to six intravenous injections of radium 223 or placebo each separated by an interval of four weeks.

The primary endpoint of the study was overall survival (OS). A key secondary endpoint was time to first symptomatic skeletal event (SSE), as defined as external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) to relieve skeletal symptoms, new symptomatic pathologic bone fracture, occurrence of spinal cord compression, or tumor-related orthopedic surgical intervention.

Xofigo Prescribing Information 

Review the Xofigo Package Insert for more detailed information about this medicine. Discuss any medical questions you have with your doctor or other health care provider. This is not all the information you need to know about this medicine for safe and effective use, and it does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your treatment.


Active Ingredient: Radium RA-223 dicloride (Radium RA-223 Cation) 30 uCi in 1 mL

Inactive Ingredients: sodium chloride USP (tonicity agent), sodium citrate USP (for pH adjustment), hydrochloric acid USP (for pH adjustment), and water for injection USP.

Storage and disposal.

Store Xofigo at room temperature, below 40° C (104° F). Store Xofigo in the original container or equivalent radiation shielding.

This preparation is approved for use by persons under license by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the relevant regulatory authority of an Agreement State.

Follow procedures for proper handling and disposal of radioactive pharmaceuticals.


Xofigo by Bayer HealthCare, Whippany, NJ 07981

Further information

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