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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug bicalutamide to help treat your illness. The drug is taken by mouth with tablets. It may be taken with or without food.
This medication is used to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Bicalutamide is in a class of drugs known as hormones; it slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. It works by blocking the effects of certain chemicals that are necessary for the cancer cells to live. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.
Before taking bicalutamide,
Side effects from bicalutamide are common and include:
Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms is severe:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep bicalutamide in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your response to bicalutamide.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT