September 2, 2014
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Casodex

(bicalutamide)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02184478 CASODEX 50MG TABLET

How does Casodex work? What will it do for me?

Bicalutamide belongs to a group of medications known as nonsteroidal antiandrogens. Another nonsteroidal antiandrogen is flutamide. Nonsteroidal antiandrogens such as bicalutamide block the effect of the male hormone testosterone in the body.

Bicalutamide is used in combination with another treatment that reduces the amount of testosterone in the body (either with medications called luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) analogues or with surgery to remove the testicles) to treat late stage (metastatic) prostate cancer.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Casodex?

Each round, white, coated tablet, debossed with "BIC" over "50" on one side and plain on the other, contains bicalutamide 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium starch glycolate, titanium dioxide, and triethyl citrate.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Casodex come in?

Each white, film-coated tablet, intagliated with "CDX50" on one side and a logo (an arrow attached to the arc of a circle) on the other side, contains bicalutamide 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, methylhydroxy-propylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, polyvidone, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Casodex?

Do not take bicalutamide if you:

  • are allergic to bicalutamide or any ingredients of the medication
  • have early-stage (localized) prostate cancer and would otherwise undergo watchful waiting

This medication is not intended to be used by women.

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