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What does it do?

Bicalutamide is used to treat prostate cancer.

How should you take it?

Take bicalutamide as directed with a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. DHEA) or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain

Fever, sore throat, tiredness, aches and pains, pale skin

Short of breath, persistent dry cough

Swollen lips, tongue, throat or face

Tell your doctor immediately

Swollen feet or legs

Bloody or cloudy pee

Tell your doctor

Pain, weakness, numbness or tingling

Hot flushing, sore or enlarged breasts

Trouble sleeping, drowsiness, dizziness, low mood, nervousness

Sweating, hair loss or thinning

Less interest in sex, changes in sexual function

Stomach upset

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have liver, lung or heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2018

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed