What is Bicalutamide used for?
Bicalutamide is an oral non-steroidal anti-androgen used in the treatment of prostate cancer. This medicine blocks the effect of the male hormone called testosterone in the prostate, thereby slowing growth of the tumors.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Bicalutamide?
Like other medicines, Bicalutamide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Bicalutamide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Bicalutamide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Bicalutamide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Bicalutamide can cause side effects such as weakness, dizziness, hot flashes, upset stomach, headache, impotence, nausea, breast pain, and muscle pain. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are breathing trouble, depression, chest pain, painful urination, and swelling of the hands or feet. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Bicalutamide.
Bicalutamide can interact with blood thinners.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Bicalutamide?
The dosage of Bicalutamide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Bicalutamide. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
The recommended dose of Bicalutamide is 50 mg tablet once a day. It can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Bicalutamide?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Bicalutamide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Bicalutamide?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Bicalutamide, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Bicalutamide?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Bicalutamide.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Bicalutamide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Bicalutamide?
Is it possible for me to take Bicalutamide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Bicalutamide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Bicalutamide?
How will Bicalutamide work in my body?
How should Bicalutamide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Bicalutamide drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Bicalutamide, tell your doctor if you have liver disease and diabetes. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. While using this medicine, limit alcoholic beverages. Also, do not drive, handle machinery, or perform any activity that requires alertness.