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bicalutamide (generic name)

(bye ka LOO ta mide): A hormone antagonist - This medicine is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men
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Bicalutamide Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

BICALUTAMIDE (bye ka LOO ta mide) blocks the effect of the male hormone testosterone on the prostate. This medicine is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men. It is given with other treatments.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • if you are female (this medicine is not for use in women)
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bicalutamide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. You may take it with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.

This medicine should not be used in women. Serious side effects to an unborn child are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blood in the urine
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • dark urine
  • severe nausea and vomiting
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • hot flashes
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • weak or tired

This list may not describe all possible side effects. 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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Last Updated

March 02, 2009

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