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Bicalutamide

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Antiandrogen Casodex® Cancer-related

Bicalutamide - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Bicalutamide cause?

  • Nausea and vomiting may occur and should subside as treatment continues.
  • If nausea occurs, eat and drink in smaller portions, but more frequently.
  • Hot flushes can sometimes occur when you first start taking Bicalutamide.
  • If this occurs, take the tablet at bedtime. If night sweat interferes with sleep, try taking the tablet in the morning.
  • Decreased sexual ability or desire may occur. This will return to normal when the treatment is stopped.
  • Some tiredness and weakness
  • Mild swelling in your ankles, legs or feet
  • Constipation or diarrhea may occur.
  • ​Exercise if you can, and drink sufficient amount of fluids.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Skin rashes, hives or itching
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes or dark tea-coloured urine

Before taking Bicalutamide, what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medical conditions you have as well as any other medicines or supplements you are taking e.g. warfarin.
  • Use effective birth control methods during treatment with Bicalutamide and for 130 days after stopping treatment.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Bicalutamide?

Bicalutamide - Additional Information

  • Updated on Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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