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an androgen antagonist used as an adjunct, in combination with a luteinizing hormone–releasing hormone analogue, in treatment of prostatic carcinoma; administered orally.
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Apo-Bicalutamide (CA), Casodex, Dom-Bicalutamide (CA), Gen-Bicalutamide (CA), Novo-Bicalutamide (CA), PHL-Bicalutamide (CA), PMS-Bicalutamide (CA), Ratio-Bicalutamide (CA), Sandoz Bicalutamide (CA)

Pharmacologic class: Nonsteroidal antiandrogen

Therapeutic class: Antineoplastic

Pregnancy risk category X


Antagonizes effects of androgen at cellular level by binding to androgen receptors on target tissues


Tablets: 50 mg

Indications and dosages

Metastatic prostate cancer

Adults: 50 mg P.O. once daily


• Hypersensitivity to drug

• Women who are or may become pregnant


Use cautiously in:

• previous hypersensitivity or serious adverse reaction to flutamide or nilutamide

• moderate to severe hepatic impairment

• children.


• Know that drug is given in combination with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH).

• Administer at same time each day.

Adverse reactions

CNS: headache, weakness, dizziness, depression, hypertonia, paresthesia, lethargy

CV: chest pain, peripheral edema, vasodilation, hypertension, thromboembolic disease

EENT: pharyngitis, bronchitis

GI: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, anorexia, dry mouth

GU: urinary tract infection, impotence

Musculoskeletal: bone and back pain

Respiratory: dyspnea, cough

Skin: rash, alopecia

Other: food distaste, weight gain, edema, pain, hot flashes, flulike symptoms


Drug-drug. Warfarin: increased bicalutamide effects

Drug-diagnostic tests. Alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase, bilirubin, cholesterol, BUN, creatinine: increased levels

Hemoglobin, white blood cells: decreased values

Patient monitoring

• Monitor prostate-significant antigen levels, CBC, and liver and kidney function test results.

• If patient is receiving warfarin concurrently, evaluate prothrombin time and International Normalized Ratio.

Patient teaching

• Instruct patient to take drug at same time each day, along with prescribed LHRH analog.

• Tell patient that any drug-related hair loss should reverse once therapy ends.

• As appropriate, review all other significant and life-threatening adverse reactions and interactions, especially those related to the drugs and tests mentioned above.

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An oral non-steroidal antiandrogenic used to manage prostate cancer and hirsutism.

Adverse effects
Breast tenderness, gynaecomastia, hot flushes, gastrointestinal disorders, diarrhoea, nausea, elevated transaminases, jaundice, asthenia, pruritus.
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An anti-androgen, antineoplastic drug used in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. A brand name is Casodex.
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