What is Calutide® Bicalutamide 50mg | Casodex Generic?
Bicalutamide 50mg is used together with a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) analog (eg, goserelin or leuprolide) to treat stage D2 metastatic prostate cancer (cancer that has spread) in men. Bicalutamide belongs to the group of medicines called antiandrogens. It works by blocking the effects of testosterone (a male hormone). Calutide is an anti-androgen, in porstate cancer, the cancer cells need the male hormone(Testosterone) to grow and multiply, Calutide blocks the actions of male sex hormones called androgens and it also reduces the number of male hormones (such as testosterone) that the body produces this directly blocking the effect of testosterone on prostate cancer cells. This causes the cancer cell growth to slow down and stop it from spreading.
Prostate cancer needs the male hormone testosterone to grow. Testosterone is also called an androgen. Bicalutamide is a type of hormone drug called an anti-androgen. It stops testosterone from reaching the cancer cells. This can slow the growth of your cancer and may shrink it. Calutide is used with another medication (gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists; such as leuprolide or goserelin) in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer (cancer that started in the prostate and can or has already spread to other parts of the body).
Prostate gland is a small walnut-sized gland that produces a fluid called seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperms in males. The most common symptom of prostate cancer is difficulty with urination, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Calutide® decreases or stops the growth of cancer cells by decreasing the amount of testosterone (a natural hormone in males) in men. This also relieves difficulty in passing urine and makes it easier for you to urinate.
Calutide® Bicalutamide 50mg blocks the effect of the natural male hormones on the growth of prostate cells. Calutide 50 Tablet also blocks the undesired effects of androgens in females such as excessive hair growth and acne.
When and how you have Calutide® Bicalutamide 50mg | Casodex Generic?
Bicalutamide is a treatment for prostate cancer. You might have bicalutamide: on its own, after radiotherapy, after an operation to remove your prostate (prostatectomy), before you have other hormone treatments such as goserelin (Zoladex), leuprorelin, and triptorelin. Bicalutamide is a tablet you take once a day. You should swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
Reducing tumour flare. You need to take bicalutamide before you start some other types of hormone treatment because they take a few weeks to lower your testosterone. During this time they can make your symptoms worse. This is called tumour flare. If you are having bicalutamide to stop tumour flare, you take it for a few days before starting the luteinizing hormone blocker and stay on it for about 4 to 6 weeks.
Common side effects of Bicalutamide 50mg | Casodex Generic?
These side effects happen in more than 10 in 100 people (10%). You might have one or more of them. They include:
- Breast swelling and tenderness (gynecomastia). Talk to the team looking after you about this.
- Tiredness and weakness (fatigue). Tiredness and weakness (fatigue) can happen during and after treatment – doing gentle exercises each day can keep your energy up. Don’t push yourself, rest when you start to feel tired, and ask others for help.
- Skin rash. Skin problems include a skin rash, dry skin, and itching. This usually goes back to normal when your treatment finishes. Your nurse will tell you what products you can use on your skin to help.