CASTRAMID 50MG contains Bicalutamide which belongs to the group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-androgens. It is indicated for the treatment of metastatic prostate carcinoma (stage D2) either alone or in combination with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) analogs. Metastatic prostate carcinoma is the cancer of prostate gland, where the tumor growth has spread to different parts of the body.
Bicalutamide blocks the undesirable effects produced by androgens (male sex hormone) and inhibits the growth of cancer cells in prostate. This medicine is intended for use only in men. It can be taken with or without food. During this treatment, regular monitoring of serum Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is required to access the patient?s response. Bicalutamide might have an effect on male fertility which could be reversible. Consult your doctor if this is a concern for you.
Male patients who have a female partner who can become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with this medicine and for 130 days after final dose. Treatment with this medicine can increase the sensitivity of skin towards sunlight. Avoid sunlight and sunlamps, and always consider using a sunscreen during this treatment. Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor if you have any kidney or liver disease. CASTRAMID 50MG is strictly not recommended for use in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
USES OF CASTRAMID 50MG:
Treats metastatic prostate carcinoma
HOW CASTRAMID 50MG WORKS:
CASTRAMID 50MG inhibits the growth of malignant prostatic tissue by competing with androgen for binding to androgen receptors. This blocks the action of androgens from adrenal and testicular origin and reduces the growth and proliferation of cancer cells.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Take CASTRAMID 50MG as directed by your physician. It can be taken with or without food. Swallow the medicine as whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Try taking this medicine at the same time each day. Your doctor will decide the correct dose for you depending upon your condition. Continue to take this medicine, as long as your doctor tells you to do so, to obtain better results.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CASTRAMID 50MG:
Liver problems (including yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice), dark urine, right upper stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite, chills or fever)
Allergic reactions (such as skin rash, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty in breathing)
Gynecomastia (breast enlargement in males)
Breast pain in males
Constipation or diarrhea
Swelling in your arms, ankles, legs or feet
Shortness of breath
Blood in your urine
Frequent urination at night
Reduced sex drive
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS:
Feeling sick (nausea):
Try taking this medicine with, or just after meal. Stick to simple meals. Do not eat rich or spicy food.
Eat fibre rich foods like fresh fruit, vegetables and cereals. Drink plenty of water. Exercise more regularly.
Drink lots of fluids, such as water or juice, to avoid dehydration. Do not take any medicines without speaking to a doctor.
Try to rest and relax. You can eat and drink slowly or have smaller and frequent meals. Keeping a heat pad on your stomach may also help. If still pain persists, speak to your doctor.
Talk to your doctor, if you are taking,
Medicines used to stop blood clotting (e.g. warfarin)
Terfenadine and astemizole (used to treat hay fever)
Cisapride (used to treat stomach problems)
Ciclosporin (used to suppress immune system)
Cimetidine (used to treat stomach ulcers)
Ketoconazole (used to treat fungal infection)
Calcium channel blockers (used to treat high blood pressure) such as amlodipine, verapamil
Drug : Bicalutamide
Pharmacological Category : Antineoplastic agent, Non-steroidal anti-androgens
Therapeutic Indication : Metasta
Store below 20-25°C and keep out of reach of children.
FAQ’s ABOUT CASTRAMID 50MG:
Q: Can CASTRAMID 50MG cause anemia?
A: Yes. This medicine can cause anemia. Regularly monitor your blood counts and follow the instruction given by your doctor.
Q: Can CASTRAMID 50MG be discontinued abruptly?
A: No. Do not stop taking this medicine without your doctor?s advice. It may lead to unwanted side effects.
Q: Can CASTRAMID 50MG cause infertility?
A: Yes. This medicine can interfere with fertility in men. You might experience reduced sex drive or improper erection which is usually reversible.
It works by blocking the effects of male hormones such as testosterone.Castramid Tablet should be taken with or without food, preferably at a fixed time every day. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it.
This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time.
You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised.
Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to. click here : Castramid 50
common side effect
Anemia (low number of red blood cells) is very common side effect of this medicine. Other than this, yellowing of skin, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, dark urine, and skin rashes are some side effects which require immediate action.
Regular blood tests are required to check your blood cells along with liver function during treatment with this medicine. It makes your skin more sensitive towards sunlight, hence take extra caution while going out.
Before taking it, tell your doctor if have diabetes, liver, or kidney problems or are taking any medicines to treat infections.
Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using.
This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It may harm your baby.
The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy. You may be asked for regular monitoring of blood glucose level while on treatment.
USES OF CASTRAMID TABLET
- Prostate cancer
BENEFITS OF CASTRAMID TABLET
In Prostate cancer
The most common symptom of prostate cancer is difficulty with urination, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all.Castramid Tablet decreases or stops the growth of cancer cells by decreasing the amount of testosterone (natural hormone in males) in men.
This also relieves difficulty in passing urine and makes it easier for you to urinate.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CASTRAMID TABLET
Common side effects of Castramid
- Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
- Abdominal pain
- Breast enlargement in male
- Breast tenderness
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased libido
- Hot flashes
- Increased liver enzymes
- Weight gain
HOW TO USE CASTRAMID TABLET
HOW CASTRAMID TABLET WORKS
Regular monitoring of liver function tests is advisable while you are taking this medicine.