Bicalutamide (By mouth)

Introduction

Bicalutamide (bye-ka-LOO-ta-mide)

Treats prostate cancer.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Casodex

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to bicalutamide. This medicine should not be used by women for any reason.

How to Use This Medicine

Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Bicalutamide is usually given together with another medicine to treat prostate cancer.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food. It is best to take the medicine at the same time every day.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
  • If you plan to have children, talk with your doctor before using this medicine. This medicine may cause some men to become infertile (unable to have children), at least temporarily.
  • Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Dark-colored urine or pale stools
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in the upper stomach
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Trouble breathing
  • Yellow skin or eyes

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Breast pain, swelling, or tenderness
  • Constipation, nausea, diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Hot flashes (warmth, sweating, facial flushing)
  • Impotence (trouble having sex, loss of interest in sex)
  • Mild pain
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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