April 27th, 2017
Casodex is a drug used for treating prostrate cancer. It is an antiandrogen and it works by blocking the actions of male hormones (androgens).
Does the doctor have to be informed about my medical history when Casodex is prescribed to me?
Yes. Before taking this medication you should inform your doctor of any history of serious illness or liver disease since this information may require adjustments to the treatment pathway or dosage levels. Casodex is not normally used on women. However, if prescribed, informed your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. Casodex is known to affect the human fetus adversely. It is not recommended to stop taking Casodex without consulting your doctor.
Are there any precautions to be taken if Casodex is prescribed to me?
There are usually no dietary restrictions imposed while taking Casodex. However, you will need to make changes in your diet if your doctor advises you to. Inform your doctor in case you are also taking the drug warfarin, as Casodex is known to interact with warfarin and result in bleeding.
Are there any allergies or side effects which might result from taking the drug?
An allergic reaction can be pointed out by symptoms such as difficulty in breathing; swelling of the face, lips, or tongue; or red and itchy welts on the skin. In case of such allergic symptoms, stop taking the drug and seek medical attention immediately.
Other side effects include hot flashes, headache, nausea/vomiting, reduction in sex drive/impotence, tenderness or swelling of the breasts, constipation, diarrhea, weakness, back pain or pain in the pelvis.
What should I do in case of a missed dose or over dose of Casodex?
In case of a missed dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if the time for the next dose is close, skip the dose and take the next scheduled dose .In case of taking an overdose of the medicine, you should contact your doctor. Overdose of Casodex is not known to be life threatening.
How is Casodex to be taken?
It is recommended to take this drug with milk or food to reduce the chances of having an upset stomach. This medication should be taken exactly as prescribed by the physician.