Generic Name: bicalutamide (bye ka LOO ta mide)
Brand Names: Casodex
What is bicalutamide?
Bicalutamide is an antiandrogen. It works in the body by preventing
the actions of androgens (male hormones).
Bicalutamide is used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Bicalutamide may also be used for purposes other than those
listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about bicalutamide?
Do not stop taking this medication without first talking to your
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have
liver disease or any other serious illness. You may not be able
to take bicalutamide, or you may require a lower dose or special
monitoring if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Bicalutamide is not indicated for use by women. Do not take this
medication if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy. Bicalutamide
is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that bicalutamide
is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. It is not
known whether bicalutamide passes into breast milk. Do not take
this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are
breast-feeding a baby.