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Bicalutamide Side Effects

Some of the most commonly reported side effects of bicalutamide include hot flashes, nausea, and needing to get up in the middle of the night to urinate. Other common reactions include dizziness, breast enlargement, and anemia. In most cases, side effects are minor and easily treated. However, notify your doctor immediately if you develop more serious problems, such as wheezing or blurred vision.

An Introduction to Bicalutamide Side Effects

Just like any medicine, bicalutamide (Casodex®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with bicalutamide. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Side Effects of Bicalutamide

Some bicalutamide side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Blood in the urine or an inability to urinate
  • Numbness, tingling, or pricking sensations of the skin
  • Bone fracture
  • Mood changes, such as anxiety or depression
  • Difficulty breathing, with or without a cough
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Swelling in your ankles, legs, or feet
  • Shortness of breath, especially upon exertion
  • Fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, and headache, which may be signs of anemia
  • Changes in blood sugar or signs of diabetes, such as:
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    • Frequent urination
    • Increased thirst
    • Blurred vision
    • Fatigue
    • Weight loss
 
  • Signs of liver problems, such as:
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    • Dark urine
    • Loss of appetite
    • Fatigue or excessive tiredness
    • Pain in the right-upper part of the stomach
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
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    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
 
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