What is CALUTIDE and what it is used for?
-Your medicine, CALUTIDE, contains the active substance bicalutamide,
- which belong to the group called non-steroidal antiandrogens.
- Antiandrogens block the action of male
- Hormones and prevent cell growth in the prostate.
- CALUTIDE is intended for adult men to treat metastatic prostate cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.
- It can be used alone or in combination with other therapies
- Methods such as surgical removal of prostate or radiotherapy.
- This medicine should not be used in children and adolescents.
When you should not take CALUTIDE?
• if you are a woman, child or teen. CALUTIDE treats conditions that occur only in men.
• if you are allergic to bicalutamide
• if you are taking terfenadine, astemizole or cisapride
Warnings and precautions:
- Tell your doctor if you have liver problems (mild or severe liver damage)
- This medicine should only be given after the doctor has evaluated the risks and benefits of this medicine.
- If you have any cardiac or vascular disease, including heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) or you are being treated for these diseases.
Interaction with other medicines?
• cisapride (used to treat heartburn and stomach problems)
• terfenadine or astemizole (used to treat allergies)
Before taking CALUTIDE, please tell your doctor if you are taking or have previously taken CALUTIDE following medicines:
• Ciclosporin - a medicine used to control the immune system used after organ or bone marrow transplantation
• Diltiazem- calcium channel blockers
• Oral anticoagulants such as warfarin
• Cimetidine (to treat stomach ulcers or heartburn);
Driving and using machines
- This medicine should not affect your ability to drive or use machines.
- If you decide to drive or use machines, you should take extra care due to the possible feeling of dizziness.
How to take CALUTIDE?
• The recommended dose is one tablet once a day.
• Tablets should be swallowed whole with water with or without food.
• It is important to take the medicine at the same time each day.
- If you take too many tablets, consult a doctor or nearest emergency department immediately.
- If you forget to take CALUTIDE
- Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet. Take it an additional dose at a normal time.
What are known side effects?
• Yellowing of the skin- jaundice
• Severe deterioration of breathing
• Irregular heart rate
• Sensitivity or enlargement of breast tissue
• Hot flashes
• Decrease in appetite
• Reducing sex drive
• Stomach or chest pain
• Constipation and bloating
• Digestive problems
• Change in liver function, including elevated liver enzymes
• Hair loss
• Excessive hair growth or renewed hair growth
• Dry skin
• Itchy skin
• Blood in the urine
• Difficulty in maintaining or maintaining an erection
• Swelling of the hands and feet.