It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not use bicalutamide tablets. Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. It may also cause birth defects if the father is using it when his sexual partner becomes pregnant. Male patients who have female partners should use effective birth control during treatment with this medicine and for 130 days after the last dose. If you think your female partner has become pregnant while using this medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Check with your doctor right away if you have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, pale stools, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or yellow eyes or skin. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.
Bicalutamide may cause serious bleeding when you use it together with a blood thinner medicine (eg, warfarin). Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
This medicine may cause swelling of the breasts (gynecomastia) and breast pain in some patients. If you have questions about this, talk to your doctor.
Using this medicine with an LHRH analog may affect your blood sugar levels. If you notice a change in the results of your blood sugar tests or if you have any questions, check with your doctor.
This medicine may affect the results of the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, which may be used to detect prostate cancer. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
If you plan to have children, talk with your doctor before using this medicine. This medicine may cause some men to become infertile (unable to have children), at least temporarily.
This medicine may make you sleepy or drowsy. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.