Casodex is an antiandrogen agent. Its main component is bicalutamide. It is a non-steroidal inhibitor of the androgen receptor.
Casodex is used in the treatment of prostate cancers. It is particularly used when the cancer in the prostate has proliferated in other areas of the body. Androgens stimulate the prostate cancer cells into growing. Casodex prevents the actions of the androgen receptors in the body. This reduces the rate at which the tumors grow. In certain instances the tumors may diminish in size. It is usually used along with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormones as a part of a combination therapy.
Contact your physician to discover what other uses this medication may have for you.
Always follow the prescription that your doctor has provided you with. Do not take Casodex in lower or higher doses than you have been instructed.
This medication should be taken orally.
The total recommended dose for Casodex is 100 mg. This should be divided into two 50 mg doses, taken once in the morning and then again in the evening. It can be taken with or without a meal.
This medication works best if it is taken at the same time every day.
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If your next dose is due soon, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together.
In the event of an overdose, contact your local medical emergency services.
The most common side effects that can be experienced with Casodex are:
Enlargement of limbs
Presence of blood in urine
Discomfort of the body
Blocked nasal passage
Irritation of the throat
Discomfort in the back or side of the body
Increase in weight
Changes to vocal pitch
The less common side effects experienced with this medication are:
Discomfort in the joints
Loss of vision
Bleeding from the nose
Discomfort while urinating
Tightness in chest
Difficulty consuming food
Prominent veins in the neck
Loss of consciousness
Decrease in appetite
Pain in the abdomen
Unusual lesions in the abdomen
In the event that you experience any of the above side effects, call your physician immediately.
This medication should not be given to women or to children. Casodex can cause birth defects in the fetus of pregnant women.
Do not take Casodex if you are allergic to bicalutamide.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of liver disease. This medication may harm your liver.
Inform your doctor if you have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Inform your physician if you have been prescribed with blood thinners or similar medications.
Casodex may cause a delay in your thinking or your actions. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you experience these side effects.
This medication may make you more susceptible to the effects of the sun. Do not expose your skin to the sun for long periods of time.