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Bicalutamide

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Casodex®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Bicalutamide®;Casodex®;CO Bicalutamide;Dom-Bicalutamide;JAMP-Bicalutamide;Mylan-Bicalutamide;Novo-Bicalutamide;PHL-Bicalutamide;PMS-Bicalutamide;PRO-Bicalutamide;ratio-Bicalutamide;Sandoz-Bicalutamide
    • Mexican Brand Names: Casodex
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antineoplastic Agent, Antiandrogen

    Uses
    • It is used to treat prostate cancer.
    • Bicalutamide slows prostate cancer growth by blocking testosterone.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take this drug at the same time of day.
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to bicalutamide or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are a woman.

    Precautions

    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • If you have sex, protect your partner from pregnancy. Use birth control that you can trust.

    Side Effects

    • Chance of getting an infection. Avoid people with infections, colds, or flu.
    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Anemia.
    • Loose stools.
    • Muscle pain.
    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Swelling in the arms or legs.
    • Breast soreness.
    • Enlarged breasts.
    • Hair loss. Hair most often grows back when this drug is stopped.
    • Lowered interest in sex.
    • Harm to the liver may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Cough that does not go away.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • A lump in the breast or breast soreness.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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