What is Casodex
is an antiandrogen. It works in the body by preventing the
actions of androgens (male hormones).
is used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Casodex
Do not stop taking this medication without first
talking to your doctor.
What you should find out before taking
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if
you have liver disease or any other serious illness. You
may not be able to take Casodex, or you may require a lower
dose or special monitoring if you have any of the conditions
Casodex is not indicated for use by
women. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant or
are planning a pregnancy. Casodex is in the FDA pregnancy
category X. This means that Casodex is known to cause birth
defects in an unborn baby.
It is not known whether
Casodex passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication
without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding
How should take Casodex Take Casodex exactly as directed by your doctor.
If you do not understand these directions, ask your doctor,
nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you.
each dose with a full glass of water.
be taken with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.
Take Casodex at the same time each day.
Do not stop
taking this medication without first talking to your doctor.
Store Casodex at room temperature away from moisture
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you
missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose.
Do not take a double dose of this medication unless your
doctor directs otherwise.
What happens if you overdose: An overdose of Casodex is unlikely to threaten life.
Call an emergency room, poison control center, or your doctor
Avoid while taking Casodex There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or
activities while you are taking Casodex unless your doctor
Possible side effects of Casodex Stop taking Casodex and seek emergency medical attention
if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing;
closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or
face; or hives).
Other less serious side effects
may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Casodex and
talk to your doctor if you experience
- hot flashes,
- decreased sex drive or impotence,
- nausea or vomiting,
- diarrhea or constipation,
- breast tenderness or swelling,
- pain in the back or pelvic areas.
effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk
to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Casodex Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if
you are taking warfarin (Coumadin). Casodex may interact
with warfarin, and bleeding could result. Your doctor will
want to monitor your warfarin therapy.
other than those listed here may also interact with Casodex.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines.