What is this medicine?
BICALUTAMIDE (bye ka LOO ta mide) blocks the effect of the male hormone testosterone on the prostate. This medicine is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men. It is given with other treatments.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. You may take it with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
blood in the urine
severe nausea and vomiting
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
sensitivity to light
weak or tired
What may interact with this medicine?
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
have a partner that is pregnant or could become pregnant
if you are female (this medicine is not for use in women)
an unusual or allergic reaction to bicalutamide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
This medicine should not be used in women. Serious side effects to an unborn child are possible. Men should use effective birth control while taking this medicine and for 130 days after stopping it. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions. Contact your doctor right away if your female partner becomes pregnant.
This medicine may interfere with the ability to have a child. Talk with your doctor or health care professional if you are concerned about your fertility.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.