Casodex (Bicalutamide)

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What is Casodex (Bicalutamide) prescribed for?

The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes most of the semen that carries sperm. Prostate Cancer is less common before the age of 50 in the general population, and experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it. The cancer grows within the prostate gland, more than often over many years. And over that time frame, the cancer spreads outside the prostate.

Casodex is used to treat prostate cancer. Technically it works by blocking the actions of the male hormones in the prostate, and thus slowing the growth of the cancer cell.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food.  It is usually taken once daily or as directed by your doctor.

Remember the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Do not take this medication for a longer period of time then what has been prescribed to you.  Your condition will not improve any fast and the risk of side effects will increase.

Before taking bicalutamide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, diabetes, heart disease.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.

This medication should not be used in women, especially during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It may harm an unborn or breast-feeding baby. Consult your doctor for more details. Male patients and their female partners should use reliable forms of birth control during and for 130 days after treatment with bicalutamide since this medication may damage sperm.

Hot flashes, breast swelling/tenderness/pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, stomach upset, weight changes, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: increased thirst/urination, decreased sexual ability/desire, mental/mood changes (such as anxiety, depression), swelling hands/ankles/feet, shortness of breath, increased coughing, numb/tingling skin, bone/joint pain, unusual tiredness, muscle weakness, painful/bloody urination, signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat).

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest/jaw/left arm pain.

This medication may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if any of these side effects occur: nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, loss of appetite, yellowing eyes/skin, stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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