Casodex is an anti-androgen in the sense it can prevent the actions of androgens i.e. the male hormones. It is often given in combination of LHRH agonist. The drug is used with hormone treatment. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal antiandrogens and the generic name of this drug is bicalutamide.
Casodex drug is used along with other medication for the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer which is a form of cancer that has started in the prostate and has spread to other parts of the body.
The pill blocks the effect of androgen and arrests the growth of the cancer cells and also preventing it from spreading to other parts of the body.
The drug can be taken by mouth and swallowed as a whole with a glass of water irrespective of having had food or not. One should not use more than one pill per day.
To get the drug’s best result, Casodex should be taken at the same time each day, either in the morning or in the evening.
Strictly adhere to the doctor’s instructions so as to avoid any unnecessary health complications. Do not change the dosage strength and take it exactly as prescribed by the physician.
The usual recommended dosage strength of Casodex pill is 50 mg. Before consuming the pill, it is necessary to empty the bladder.
Using Casodex medicine regularly can reduce the sex drive and can lessen the sexual interest in men. Long term usage of this pill can cause breast tenderness or swelling of the breast which is known as gynaecomastia in medical terminology.
Certain symptoms include hot flushes and redness on the neck. The drug can also reduce the number of red blood cells thereby making a person anemic.
The common and regular side effects of Casodex medication include
Casodex can easily interact with other drugs. So inform your doctor if you are taking any other medical medications such as diabetes, blood thinners so as to cautiously avoid drug interactions.
As this drug is meant only for men, pregnant ladies are advised not to take it otherwise this drug can interact with other medicines and can harm their unborn babies in the fetus. Do not take this pill if you are allergic to it.