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General Information
Brand names and manufacturer
Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule

What should I know before taking this drug
Dosage information
Adverse reactions
Additional information if any

Calutide (Cipla)
Caludec (Samarth)

Bicalutamide is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.

Bicalutamide is pronounced as: bye-kah-LOO-tah-mide

Bicalutamide is an antineoplastic drug.

Bicalutamide is used to treat prostate cancer along with other medicines.

  • Take bicalutamide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
  • Bicalutamide is taken once daily with or with out food.
  • Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor. 
  • Do not skip doses or stop taking bicalutamide without consulting your doctor.

Always remember to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any OTC drugs or prescription drugs like,Oral anti coagulants like warfari

This may not be the complete list of drugs interact with bicalutamide, ask your pharmacist if any other drugs interact with this medication

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following medical conditions as bicalutamide should be cautiously used.

  • Liver disease

Bicalutamide should not be given to women and children 

Children: Bicalutamide should not be used in children.

Old people:
Pregnant woman: Bicalutamide belongs to FDA pregnancy category X. This means that bicalutamide will cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. The use of this drug in pregnancy clearly outweighs any possible benefit. Do not use bicalutamide if you are pregnant or are planning for conception. 

Lactating women: bicalutamide passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use bicalutamide if you are breastfeeding your child.

Bicalutamide is available in the form of tablets.

Use bicalutamide as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease. Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses of bicalutamide at same time to cover up the missed dose.

In case of overdose of bicalutamide contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.

The following are the side effects you may experience with bicalutamide

  • Nausea, vomiting.
  • Dizziness, convulsions
  • Breast tenderness
  • Hot flushes
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
This is not the complete list of side effects if you experience any other side effects discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.

If you experience any of the following side affects stop the bicalutamide medication and consult your doctor immediately

  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Sever liver disease
  • Yellowing of eyes and skin
  • Allergic reactions like difficult breathing, chest pain, rashes on skin

Store bicalutamide at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.

  • Bicalutamide should not be used in women.
  • Prostate specific antigen levels, kidney and liver function test are performed to monitor the side effects of bicalutamide
  • Bicalutamide cause the dizziness. Avoid driving and operating the machinery.
  • Avoid alcohol.

It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.

Written by: healthplus24 team
Date: May29th,09