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Bicalutamide oral tablet dosage: A detailed guide

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Doctors prescribe bicalutamide oral tablet for metastatic prostate cancer. You take it by mouth once per day.
Medically reviewed by Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD
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This article describes bicalutamide oral tablet’s dosage and strength and gives details on how to take it. You’ll also find information on cost savings and coupon options for bicalutamide. If you want to know more about bicalutamide oral tablet, see this overview article. It covers details about the drug’s uses and side effects, ways to save on cost, and more.

Bicalutamide oral tablet is a generic version of the brand-name drug Casodex.

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Form and strength of bicalutamide

Bicalutamide oral tablet comes as follows:

  • Form: tablet that you swallow
  • Strength: 50 milligrams (mg)

Dosage of bicalutamide

This article describes the recommended dosage for bicalutamide oral tablet. The drugmaker provides this dosage.

If your doctor prescribes this medication, you should follow the dosage they prescribe. Your doctor will determine the dosage that best meets your needs. Do not change your dosage of bicalutamide oral tablet without your doctor’s recommendation.

Usual recommended dosage of bicalutamide in adults

Doctors typically prescribe bicalutamide oral tablet along with a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) drug, a type of hormone therapy to treat metastatic prostate cancer. Examples of LHRH drugs include triptorelin (Trelstar) and goserelin (Zoladex).

Dosage for metastatic prostate cancer

The recommended dosage of bicalutamide oral tablet for prostate cancer is:

  • Dose: 50 milligrams (mg)
  • Frequency: once per day in the morning or evening

Dosage adjustments for bicalutamide

Your doctor will prescribe a dosage of bicalutamide oral tablet based on several factors. These include:

  • the specific condition being treated and how severe it is
  • your age
  • other health conditions you may have
  • other medications you take

Missed dose of bicalutamide

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist right away if you realize you forgot to take a dose of bicalutamide oral tablet. They may advise you to skip it and take your next dose as scheduled.

For tips on how to plan your doses of bicalutamide oral tablet and avoid missing a dose, read this article. You could also try:

  • downloading a reminder app on your phone
  • setting an alarm
  • putting a note where you’ll see it, such as on your calendar, bathroom mirror, or bedside table

Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about bicalutamide oral tablet and its dosage.

Does bicalutamide have a 150 mg dose?

No. A 150 milligram (mg) dose of bicalutamide oral tablet is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) whether it’s taken alone or with other medications. The recommended dosage of bicalutamide is 50 mg once per day. Taking a dosage that’s higher than recommended can increase your risk of serious side effects, such as liver problems, breast enlargement, and breast pain.

If you have questions about the right dosage of bicalutamide for you, talk with your doctor.

Is bicalutamide taken long term?

Yes, doctors typically prescribe bicalutamide oral tablet as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that it’s safe and effective for your condition, you’ll likely take it long term.

If you have questions about how long you should take bicalutamide oral tablet, talk with your doctor.

How bicalutamide is taken

You’ll swallow bicalutamide oral tablet once per day in the morning or evening, as prescribed by your doctor. You can take it with or without food.

Your doctor may advise that you take this medication around the same time each day. This helps keep a consistent amount of the drug in your body. And that can help the drug work more effectively.

The drugmaker hasn’t specified whether bicalutamide oral tablets can be cut, crushed, or chewed. Swallow the tablets whole. If it’s hard for you to swallow tablets, view this article. It provides suggestions on how to swallow medications that come in pill form.

Also, be sure to talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re having difficulty taking your medication. They can offer recommendations about taking it.

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Overdose of bicalutamide

It’s important that you do not take more bicalutamide oral tablet than your doctor prescribes. Doing so can lead to harmful effects.

What to do if you take too much bicalutamide

If you think you’ve taken too much bicalutamide, call your doctor or pharmacist right away. Or you could call 800-222-1222 to speak with someone at America’s Poison Centers. You can also use its online resource. If you have severe symptoms, call 911 or a local emergency number immediately. You can also go to the closest emergency room.

What to ask your doctor

This article describes the usual recommended dosage for bicalutamide oral tablet. If your doctor prescribes this medication, they’ll determine the dosage that’s best for you.

Do not change your dosage of bicalutamide oral tablet without your doctor’s recommendation. You should take bicalutamide oral tablet exactly as your doctor prescribes it. Let your doctor know if you have concerns or questions about your treatment plan.

Here’s a list of some possible questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • Will you change my dosage of bicalutamide if I take other drugs with it?
  • How long will I need to take bicalutamide?
  • Are there any situations when I would need to take a higher dosage of bicalutamide?

Disclaimer: Optum Perks has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.

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