Bicalutamide is a generic name of a medication, which is also known as an anti-androgen. Used in the treatment of prostate cancer, Bicalutamide works by blocking the effect of androgens and preventing tumour growth.
Doctors prescribe Bicalutamide with other drugs (called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists) to treat metastatic (Stage D2) prostate cancer.
Androgens stimulate prostate cancer cells to grow. Bicalutamide works by reducing the levels of androgens in the body, thereby preventing the growth of cancer in the prostate gland.
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. It is important to take your dose at the same time everyday. The usual adult dosage is 50mg daily taken orally with water. During the first few months of taking this medication, your liver function may be monitored for signs of changes.
These may not be all the side effects of Bicalutamide.
Do not use Bicalutamide if you have early phase prostate cancer requiring watchful waiting. This medication should not be given to children or taken by women. If you have a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients, do not take this medication.
Talk to your doctor about your medical history especially if you have lung disease, heart disease, a low red blood cell count, liver disease or low bone mineral density (BMD).
Store Bicalutamide at room temperature, away from the reach of children.