What is this medication?
Antineoplastic Agent, Antiandrogen
Bicalutamide, Casodex is indicated for treatment of prostate cancer.
How does this medication work?
Bicalutamide, Casodex is an androgen receptor inhibitor, specifically a competitive inhibitor for the binding of dihydrotestosterone and testosterone; prevents testosterone stimulation of cell growth in prostate cancer.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 50mg to 150mg once daily.
How to Take: Dose should be taken at the same time each day, either in the morning or in the evening. May be administered with or without food. Treatment for metastatic cancer should be started concomitantly with an LHRH analogue.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Bicalutamide, Casodex make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. Bicalutamide, Casodex can cause gynecomastia when used in higher doses, anemia, hepatotoxicity, interstitial lung disease and cardiovascular disease.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Peripheral edema, pain, hot flash, gynecomastia, constipation, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, mastalgia, pelvic pain, hematuria, nocturia, anemia, infection, back pain, weakness, dyspnea.
Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Bicalutamide, Casodex only common ones.
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