What is Casodex 50 mg Tablet ?
Casodex 50 mg manufactured by Astrazeneca contains “Bicalutamide” as active ingredient. This medicine comes in tablet form that you take by mouth. Do not share this oncology medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Healthcare professionals prescribe specific medicine for individuals based on personal medical histories and other health factors. A medicine that works for one person may cause harm — even death — to someone else, even if symptoms are similar.
When is Casodex 50 mg Tablet prescribed ?
Casodex is an antineoplastic hormonal agent primarily used in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer (cancer that has spread to other areas of the body) in men.
How Does Casodex (Bicalutamide) Tablet Work ?
Bicalutamide belongs to a group of medicines known as anti-androgens. This means that it blocks the effects of male hormones (androgens) such as testosterone. Prostate cancers are sensitive to testosterone and their growth is increased in the presence of this hormone. This is because testosterone binds to androgen receptors on the prostate cancer cells and causes changes within the cells that result in faster growth of the cancer.
Hormone treatments like Bicalutamide (Casodex) works by preventing testosterone from binding to the androgen receptors on the prostate cancer cells. It therefore starves prostate cancer cells of testosterone, which prevents them growing. Eventually the prostate tumour will shrink.
What are the adverse effects of Casodex 50 mg Tablets ?
Casodex may cause some side effects. Most side effects from this cancer medicine are common, but a few can be serious. Each person’s reaction to treatment is different. Some people have very few side effects, while others may experience more. The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Bicalutamide :
Common Side Effects of Casodex Tablets : Flushing and sweating (hot flashes) ; Body aches and pains ; Back pain ; Pelvic pain ; Joint or muscle pain ; Headache ; Trouble sleeping ; Increased nighttime urination ; Weight changes ; Sore throat ; Loss of appetite ; Stomach upset etc.
Serious Side Effects of Casodex Tablets : Painful urination ; Unusual or easy bleeding or bruising ; Numbness or tingling of the hands or feet ; Persistent cough ; Mental/mood changes (e.g., anxiety, depression) ; Trouble breathing ; Swelling of the arms or legs ; Changes in the amount of urine, etc.
Not all side effects are listed above. However, you should always inform your health care provider if you experience any unusual symptoms with Bicalutamide 50mg.
What are the safety measures of Casodex 50 mg ?
Before Taking Casodex oncology drug, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. You need to remember certain points such as –
|Casodex is usually given to men. This medicine should not be given to women. Women who are pregnant or who think they might be pregnant should not handle this drug. Bicalutamide may be harmful to an unborn baby. You may ask your doctor how to protect your partner and others in your home from exposure to the drug.|
|Casodex should not be handled by the women. It can not be known how this medicine excreted in human breast milk and harmful to the baby.|
|Your doctor will do regular blood tests to check for side effects of Casodex. Blood tests help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions. They also help check the function of your organs and show how well treatment is working.|
|Before taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to Casodex; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your health care provider for more details.|
|In general, drinking alcoholic beverages should be kept to a minimum or avoided completely. If you are dependent on alcohol and want to stop drinking, your doctor can recommend a therapy that’s tailored for your needs.|
|If you use other prescription drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of this cancer medicine may change. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that your pharmacist can help you prevent or manage drug interactions.|
|If you miss a dose of Casodex 50mg, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.|
|Taking a single dose of expired medicine is unlikely to produce an adverse event. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you’ve had a medicine for a while, check the expiry date before using it. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.|
|Before using Casodex, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of : kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); liver disease; hiv, mental illness or depression; hepatitis etc.|
What are the storage instructions for Casodex 50 mg?
Patients must properly store the drug to retain its quality and efficacy. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner.
- Store Bicalutamide at 20° to 25°C (68 to 77°F)
• Keep Casodex tablets in the original bottle with the label attached and the child-resistant cap secured.
• Consider storing your medications separately from your other family members. This will make it less likely that you take the wrong ones by mistake.
• Do not use it if the original seal over the container opening is broken or missing.
• If you’re driving, you may want to have certain medicines at hand, but don’t store them in the glove compartment, where they could be damaged from the heat, cold, or rain outside or from the car’s heater or air conditioner.
• Store it in a cool and dry place. Improper storage can affect the effectiveness and shelf life of your medicine.
In order to legally purchase this medicine from DrugsSquare, you’ll require a prescription from your Registered Medical Practitioner.
The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or pharmaceutical advice which should be sought from qualified medical and pharmaceutical advisers.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.