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Bicalutamide and Diabetes

Bicalutamide (Casodex®) is a prescription drug used to treat prostate cancer. Although it is generally a safe and effective medication, there are some risks to be aware of before using it.
For example, it is recommended to use bicalutamide in combination with another type of cancer medication known as a GnRH agonist. However, when these drugs are used together, it can increase your risk for high blood sugar, which increases your risk of diabetes.
During treatment with bicalutamide, your healthcare provider may monitor you for diabetes, or if you already have diabetes, you may need to check your blood glucose levels more often.
(To learn more about using this product if you have diabetes or other medical conditions, click Precautions and Warnings With Bicalutamide.)
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