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Bicalutamide is used either alone or along with radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy (types of cancer treatment) in adult men with advanced prostate cancer. It is also used for management in prostate cancer in patients where surgical castration (surgical removal of the testicles) or other medical intervention is not considered appropriate or acceptable.

How it works

Bicalutamide belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal antiandrogens. It works by blocking the effect of androgen (a male hormone), to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Skin rash, Liver disorder, Abdominal pain, Anemia, Blood in urine, Chest pain, Constipation, Decreased libido, Decreased fertility, Depression, Dizziness, Dry skin, Shortness of breath, Worsening of a pre-existing breathing problem, Erectile dysfunction, Decreased red blood cell count, Hair loss, Hot flashes, Indigestion, Itching, Loss of appetite, Rash, Sleepiness, Swelling, Weakness, Weight gain, Yellow discoloration of skin, Yellow discoloration of eye


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Expert advice

  • Before taking bicalutamide, tell your doctor if you have any liver disease.
  • Bicalutamide may cause serious liver dysfunction (with symptoms of abdominal pain, anorexia, dark urine, fatigue, jaundice, nausea, vomiting). Stop taking Bicalutamide and call your doctor if you experience any such symptoms.
  • If you have an objective progression of disease together with elevated PSA, seek immediate medical advice, as you may have to stop bicalutamide treatment.
  • You should not take this medicine if you have rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption. 
  • Take precautions as you may occasionally feel sleepy while on bicalutamide therapy. 
  • Avoid direct exposure to excessive sunlight or UV-light while you are taking bicalutamide.
  • Do not drink alcohol while on bicalutamide treatment as it may worsen the side effects of this medication.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is Bicailutamide a chemotherapy drug?
No. Bicailutamide is not a chemotherapy drug. 
Q. Is bicalutamide a hormone/Lower PSA Levels?
Bicalutamide is not a hormone however due to its anti-androgen properties, it lowers PSA.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)