The information below should not be taken as a substitute for qualified medical advice. Consult your health care provider before taking Casodex.
Casodex is prescribed with at least one other medication in the treatment of metasticized prostate cancer, or cancer which has begun in the prostate but has since spread throughout surrounding tissues. It is a type of nonsteroidal antiandrogen, which stops the spread of prostate cancer cells by inhibiting androgen's ability to bind itself to cell receptors. As it is targeted for a very specific type of cancer which only occurs in males, Casodex is not recommended for other cancers, cancer in women, or in children.
In a controlled clinical trial, Casodex in combination with LHRH, or Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone, showed significant abilities to reduce the spread of cancer cells in metastatic prostate cancer after 49 weeks. It can be an effective treatment for these kinds of prostate cancers, but is not a cure.
Casodex is prescribed in tablet form, to be taken orally once a day. It can be taken with or without food, whenever is most convenient for the patient, but it should be taken at the same time every day. Patients who discover they've forgotten a dose should take it as soon as it's remembered, but should not risk "doubling up" on a dose. If it's too close in time to when the next dose should be taken, the dose should be skipped in favor of resuming the regular dosing schedule.
Patients should take the entire prescription as given by their health care providers, even if they begin to feel better before the regimen is completed.
Casodex is known to be well-tolerated in most patients, though some side effects may occur. They include diarrhea, hot flashes or flushing, dry or itchy skin, muscle or joint pain, sweating, headaches, shortness of breath, elevated blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or burning sensations in the hands or feet.
What is Bicalutamide?
Bicalutamide is the generic therapeutic equivalent to Casodex and can be purchased as a cheaper alternative to save money on your medication. The same ingredients are used in the manufacturing of the brand name version of this drug as in Bicalutamide.