14 Jun 2019
Bicalutamide belongs to the anti-androgens class of drugs used primarily in the treatment of prostate cancer. It is used in combination with gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) or the removal of testicles surgically. It is also beneficially used for excessive hair growth treatment in in transgender as a procedure of feminine hormone therapy. It should never be consumed by a woman or child.
- Bicalutamide has to be taken as directed by the doctors.
- Prescribed dosage: Tablet: 50 mg
SIDE EFFECTS –
- Dry skin
- Abdominal pain
- Breast tenderness
- Gynecomastia (breast development) in males
- Reduced penile length
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased libido
- Elevated liver enzymes
RARE SIDE EFFECTS:
- Interstitial lung disease
- Liver toxicity
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Lung dysfunction
- The patient can witness photosensitivity.
- The patient suffers from sexual dysfunction.
- Treatment for long term leads to severe liver toxicity along with interstitial pneumonitis.
- The angioedema may also occur.
DRUG INTERACTIONS –
MILD INTERACTIONS OF BICALUTAMIDE ARE:
- Take an allergy test for androgens.
- Do not use the drug before sexual maturation.
- Male patients should not consume the drug if planning for a baby.
- Avoid overuse and consumption of drug for liver balance.
- Get hepatic enzyme levels checked regularly.
PREGNANCY AND LACTATION WITH BICALUTAMIDE:
- The drug usage during pregnancy leads to deformed fetus development and even death of the fetus.
- Miscarriages are common during early pregnancy.
- Breastfeeding affects the reproductive system along with the liver malfunctioning.
- Do not stop the drug abruptly
- In case of unbalanced hepatic enzymes, get modified medication.
- In case of difficulty in breathing, consult a doctor immediately.
- Avoid too much sugar according to the fluctuating glucose levels.
- Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.