Bicalutamide Drug Information
If you have advanced metastatic prostate cancer (prostate cancer that has spread to other areas of the body), your healthcare provider may prescribe bicalutamide (Casodex®). This drug comes in tablet form and works by blocking the effects of testosterone. It is taken by mouth once a day, at the same time each day. Hot flashes, constipation, and weakness are some of the most common side effects.
There are some things your healthcare provider will do to help ensure a safe and effective treatment process with this drug. For example, your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels will be measured during treatment with bicalutamide to make sure your cancer is not getting worse. To increase your chances of a successful outcome, it's also important to inform your healthcare provider about your current medications and any medical conditions you have (such as diabetes or liver problems) before starting treatment.
(Click Bicalutamide for more in-depth information on this drug, including additional side effects, whether you can buy it as a generic, and other safety issues to be aware of before starting treatment.)