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What is Casodex and Uses?Chemical Name BICALUTAMIDE (bye-ka-LOO-ta-mide) Casodex (Bicalutamide)
Bicalutamide belongs to the anti-androgen group of drugs. They block the action of androgens at their tissue receptors, for example, like blocking the androgenic effect on the prostate gland. Androgens are male hormones (e.g., testosterone), and they primarily stimulate tissues that are considered to be male, like prostate, facial and body hair and small breasts. Androgens have shown to encourage the growth of cancer cells in the prostate. Casodex for prostate cancer prevents the growth of cancer cells by blocking the action of androgen on the prostate gland.
A woman or a child should never use Casodex. Different companies market Casodex under different names. It may be purchased online on the doctor's prescription.
Active ingredient: Bicalutamide (Casodex 50 mg)
Casodex must be taken as prescribed by your doctor. You must never increase, decrease, miss or stop the medication without consulting your physician. Casodex is usually taken once a day either in the morning or the evening. But try to take it at the same time each day. It can be consumed with or without food. Once the therapy has started, it's important it is not interrupted or stopped with consulting the doctor.
Casodex is given as a combination therapy with LHRH (luteinizing hormone releasing hormone). These stop the testicles from producing testosterone. So, usually, both drugs are started simultaneously. Following your doctor's instructions becomes mandatory.
Before starting your treatment with Casodex, you should consult your doctor regarding the following factors:
- Liver disease
- If you are taking blood thinners (Warfarin, Coumadin)
- Are allergic to bicalutamide
- A history of heart ailments
- Are overweight
Side effects associated with Casodex are as follows and on their appearance, the physician must be immediately consulted.
- An allergic reaction like hives, edema, difficulty in breathing
- Breast pain or swelling
- Blood in the urine
- Fever, chills
- Hot flashes
- Pain in back, pelvis or stomach
- Swelling of hands, ankles or feet
- Weakness, dizziness
- Nausea, vomiting
- Increased night-time urination
- Anemia (low red blood cells) leading to pale skin, light-headedness, palpitations, shortness of breath
- Liver problems like jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain
- High blood sugar
Product Code: 1397
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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.