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(bicalutamide) Tablet, for Oral Use


CASODEX® (bicalutamide) tablets contain 50 mg of bicalutamide, a non-steroidal androgen receptor inhibitor with no other known endocrine activity. The chemical name is propanamide, N [4 cyano-3- (trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-3-[(4-fluorophenyl)sulfonyl]-2-hydroxy-2-methyl-,(+-). The structural and empirical formulas are:

CASODEX® (bicalutamide) Structural Formula Illustration

Bicalutamide has a molecular weight of 430.37. The pKa' is approximately 12. Bicalutamide is a fine white to off-white powder which is practically insoluble in water at 37°C (5 mg per 1000 mL), slightly soluble in chloroform and absolute ethanol, sparingly soluble in methanol, and soluble in acetone and tetrahydrofuran.

CASODEX is a racemate with its antiandrogenic activity being almost exclusively exhibited by the R-enantiomer of bicalutamide; the S-enantiomer is essentially inactive.

The inactive ingredients of CASODEX tablets are lactose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, polyvidone, sodium starch glycollate, and titanium dioxide.

Indications & Dosage


CASODEX 50 mg daily is indicated for use in combination therapy with a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) analog for the treatment of Stage D2 metastatic carcinoma of the prostate.

CASODEX 150 mg daily is not approved for use alone or with other treatments [see Clinical Studies].


Recommended Dose And Schedule

The recommended dose for CASODEX therapy in combination with an LHRH analog is one 50 mg tablet once daily (morning or evening), with or without food. It is recommended that CASODEX be taken at the same time each day. Treatment with CASODEX should be started at the same time as treatment with an LHRH analog. If a dose of CASODEX is missed, take the next dose at the scheduled time. Do not take the missed dose and do not double the next dose.

Dosage Adjustment In Renal Impairment

No dosage adjustment is necessary for patients with renal impairment [see Use In Specific Populations].

Dosage Adjustment In Hepatic Impairment

No dosage adjustment is necessary for patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment. In patients with severe liver impairment (n=4), although there was a 76% increase in the half-life (5.9 and 10.4 days for normal and impaired patients, respectively) of the active enantiomer of bicalutamide, no dosage adjustment is necessary [see Use In Specific Populations].


Dosage Forms And Strength

CASODEX® (bicalutamide) 50 mg tablets for oral administration.

White, film-coated tablets (identified on one side with "CDX50" and on the reverse with the "CASODEX logo") are supplied in unit dose bottles of 30 tablets (0310-0705-30).

Storage And Handling

Store at controlled room temperature, 20°-25°C (68°-77°F).

Manufactured for: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Wilmington, DE 19850. Revised: March 2017.


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Side Effects


Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Clinical Trials Experience

In patients with advanced prostate cancer treated with CASODEX in combination with an LHRH analog, the most frequent adverse reaction was hot flashes (53%).

In the multi-center, double-blind, controlled clinical trial comparing CASODEX 50 mg once daily with flutamide 250 mg three times a day, each in combination with an LHRH analog, the following adverse reactions with an incidence of 5% or greater, regardless of causality, have been reported.

Table 1. Incidence of Adverse Reactions (≥ 5% in Either Treatment Group) Regardless of Causality

Body System
Adverse Reaction
Treatment Group Number of Patients (%)
Flutamide Plus LHRH Analog
Body as a Whole
Pain (General) 142 (35) 127 (31)
Back Pain 102 (25) 105 (26)
Asthenia 89 (22) 87 (21)
Pelvic Pain 85 (21) 70 (17)
Infection 71 (18) 57 (14)
Abdominal Pain 46 (11) 46 (11)
Chest Pain 34 (8) 34 (8)
Headache 29 (7) 27 (7)
Flu Syndrome 28 (7) 30 (7)
Hot Flashes 211 (53) 217 (53)
Hypertension 34 (8) 29 (7)
Constipation 87 (22) 69 (17)
Nausea 62 (15) 58 (14)
Diarrhea 49 (12) 107 (26)
Increased Liver Enzyme Test 30 (7) 46 (11)
Dyspepsia 30 (7) 23 (6)
Flatulence 26 (6) 22 (5)
Anorexia 25 (6) 29 (7)
Vomiting 24 (6) 32 (8)
Hemic and Lymphatic
Anemia 45 (11) 53 (13)
Metabolic and Nutritional
Peripheral Edema 53 (13) 42 (10)
Weight Loss 30 (7) 39 (10)
Hyperglycemia 26 (6) 27 (7)
Alkaline Phosphatase Increased 22 (5) 24 (6)
Weight Gain 22 (5) 18 (4)
Bone Pain 37 (9) 43 (11)
Myasthenia 27 (7) 19 (5)
Arthritis 21 (5) 29 (7)
Pathological Fracture 17 (4) 32 (8)
Nervous System
Dizziness 41 (10) 35 (9)
Paresthesia 31 (8) 40 (10)
Insomnia 27 (7) 39 (10)
Anxiety 20 (5) 9 (2)
Depression 16 (4) 33 (8)
Respiratory System
Dyspnea 51 (13) 32 (8)
Cough Increased 33 (8) 24 (6)
Pharyngitis 32 (8) 23 (6)
Bronchitis 24 (6) 22 (3)
Pneumonia 18 (4) 19 (5)
Rhinitis 15 (4) 22 (5)
Skin and Appendages
Rash 35 (9) 30 (7)
Sweating 25 (6) 20 (5)
Nocturia 49 (12) 55 (14)
Hematuria 48 (12) 26 (6)
Urinary Tract Infection 35 (9) 36 (9)
Gynecomastia 36 (9) 30 (7)
Impotence 27 (7) 35 (9)
Breast Pain 23 (6) 15 (4)
Urinary Frequency 23 (6) 29 (7)
Urinary Retention 20 (5) 14 (3)
Urinary Impaired 19 (5) 15 (4)
Urinary Incontinence 15 (4) 32 (8)

Other adverse reactions (greater than or equal to 2%, but less than 5%) reported in the CASODEX-LHRH analog treatment group are listed below by body system and are in order of decreasing frequency within each body system regardless of causality.

Body as a Whole: Neoplasm; Neck Pain; Fever; Chills; Sepsis; Hernia; Cyst

Cardiovascular: Angina Pectoris; Congestive Heart Failure; Myocardial Infarct; Heart Arrest; Coronary Artery Disorder; Syncope

Digestive: Melena; Rectal Hemorrhage; Dry Mouth; Dysphagia; Gastrointestinal Disorder; Periodontal Abscess; Gastrointestinal Carcinoma

Metabolic and Nutritional: Edema; BUN Increased; Creatinine Increased; Dehydration; Gout; Hypercholesteremia

Musculoskeletal: Myalgia; Leg Cramps

Nervous: Hypertonia; Confusion; Somnolence; Libido Decreased; Neuropathy; Nervousness

Respiratory: Lung Disorder; Asthma; Epistaxis; Sinusitis

Skin and Appendages: Dry Skin; Alopecia; Pruritus; Herpes Zoster; Skin Carcinoma; Skin Disorder

Special Senses: Cataract Specified

Urogenital: Dysuria; Urinary Urgency; Hydronephrosis; Urinary Tract Disorder

Abnormal Laboratory Test Values:

Laboratory abnormalities including: elevated AST, ALT, bilirubin, BUN, and creatinine; and decreased hemoglobin and white cell count, have been reported in both CASODEX-LHRH analog treated and flutamide-LHRH analog treated patients.

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of CASODEX. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Respiratory disorders: Interstitial lung disease (some fatal) including interstitial pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis, most often at doses greater than 50 mg.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Photosensitivity

Drug Interactions


Clinical studies have not shown any drug interactions between bicalutamide and LHRH analogs (goserelin or leuprolide). There is no evidence that bicalutamide induces hepatic enzymes.

In vitro studies have shown that R-bicalutamide is an inhibitor of CYP 3A4 with lesser inhibitory effects on CYP 2C9, 2C19 and 2D6 activity. Clinical studies have shown that with co-administration of CASODEX, mean midazolam (a CYP 3A4 substrate) levels may be increased 1.5-fold (for Cmax) and 1.9-fold (for AUC). Hence, caution should be exercised when CASODEX is co-administered with CYP 3A4 substrates.

In vitro protein-binding studies have shown that bicalutamide can displace coumarin anticoagulants from binding sites. Prothrombin times should be closely monitored in patients already receiving coumarin anticoagulants who are started on CASODEX and adjustment of the anticoagulant dose may be necessary.

Warnings & Precautions


Included as part of the "PRECAUTIONS" Section



Cases of death or hospitalization due to severe liver injury (hepatic failure) have been reported post-marketing in association with the use of CASODEX. Hepatotoxicity in these reports generally occurred within the first three to four months of treatment. Hepatitis or marked increases in liver enzymes leading to drug discontinuation occurred in approximately 1% of CASODEX patients in controlled clinical trials.

Serum transaminase levels should be measured prior to starting treatment with CASODEX, at regular intervals for the first four months of treatment, and periodically thereafter. If clinical symptoms or signs suggestive of liver dysfunction occur (e.g., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, anorexia, “flu-like” symptoms, dark urine, jaundice, or right upper quadrant tenderness), the serum transaminases, in particular the serum ALT, should be measured immediately. If at any time a patient has jaundice, or their ALT rises above two times the upper limit of normal, CASODEX should be immediately discontinued with close follow-up of liver function.

Gynecomastia And Breast Pain

In clinical trials with CASODEX 150 mg as a single agent for prostate cancer, gynecomastia and breast pain have been reported in up to 38% and 39% of patients, respectively.

Glucose Tolerance

A reduction in glucose tolerance has been observed in males receiving LHRH agonists. This may manifest as diabetes or loss of glycemic control in those with pre-existing diabetes. Consideration should therefore be given to monitoring blood glucose in patients receiving CASODEX in combination with LHRH agonists.

Laboratory Tests

Regular assessments of serum Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) may be helpful in monitoring the patient’s response. If PSA levels rise during CASODEX therapy, the patient should be evaluated for clinical progression. For patients who have objective progression of disease together with an elevated PSA, a treatment-free period of antiandrogen, while continuing the LHRH analog, may be considered.

Patient Counseling Information

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (PATIENT INFORMATION).

Dose And Schedule

Inform patients that therapy with CASODEX and the LHRH analog should be started at the same time and that they should not interrupt or stop taking these medications without consulting their healthcare provider [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].


Inform patients that CASODEX can cause hepatitis, which may result in hepatic failure and death. Advise patients that liver function tests should be monitored regularly during treatment and to report signs and symptoms of hepatitis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Glucose Tolerance

Inform patients that diabetes or loss of glycemic control in patients with pre-existing diabetes has been reported during treatment with LHRH agonists. Consideration should therefore be given to monitoring blood glucose in patients receiving CASODEX in combination with LHRH agonists [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].


During treatment with CASODEX, somnolence has been reported. Advise patients who experience this symptom to observe caution when driving or operating machines [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].


Inform patients that cases of photosensitivity have been reported during treatment with CASODEX and that they should avoid direct exposure to excessive sunlight or UV-light exposure. Consideration should be given to the use of sunscreen [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Contraception And Fertility

Advise male patients with female partners of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 130 days after the last dose of CASODEX therapy. Advise male patients that CASODEX may impair fertility [see Use In Specific Populations].

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility

Two-year oral carcinogenicity studies were conducted in both male and female rats and mice at doses of 5, 15, or 75 mg/kg/day of bicalutamide. A variety of tumor target organ effects were identified and were attributed to the antiandrogenicity of bicalutamide, namely, testicular benign interstitial (Leydig) cell tumors in male rats at all dose levels (the steady-state plasma concentration with the 5 mg/kg/day dose is approximately 0.7 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) and uterine adenocarcinoma in female rats at 75 mg/kg/day (approximately 1.5 times the human exposure at the recommended dose). There is no evidence of Leydig cell hyperplasia in patients; uterine tumors are not relevant to the indicated patient population.

A small increase in the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in male mice given 75 mg/kg/day of bicalutamide (approximately 4 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) and an increased incidence of benign thyroid follicular cell adenomas in rats given 5 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.7 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) and above were recorded. These neoplastic changes were progressions of non-neoplastic changes related to hepatic enzyme induction observed in animal toxicity studies. Enzyme induction has not been observed following bicalutamide administration in man. There were no tumorigenic effects suggestive of genotoxic carcinogenesis.

A comprehensive battery of both in vitro and in vivo genotoxicity tests (yeast gene conversion, Ames, E. coli, CHO/HGPRT, human lymphocyte cytogenetic, mouse micronucleus, and rat bone marrow cytogenetic tests) has demonstrated that bicalutamide does not have genotoxic activity.

In repeat-dose toxicology studies, atrophy of seminiferous tubules of the testes has been observed for all species examined, which is a predicted class effect with antiandrogens. In the 6- and 12-month rat study, testicular atrophy was seen at approximately 2 times the human exposure at the recommended dose. In the 12- month dog study, the incidence of testicular atrophy was seen at approximately 7 times the human exposure at the recommended dose. In male rats administered 250 mg/kg/day (approximately 2 times human exposure at the recommended dose), the precoital interval and time to successful mating were increased in the first pairing, but no effects on fertility following successful mating were seen. These effects were reversed by 7 weeks after the end of an 11-week period of dosing.

Female rats dosed at 1, 10 and 250 mg/kg/day (less than to 2 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) had increased estrous cycle irregularity but there was no effect on fertility.

In a peri- and post-natal development study, female offspring of rats receiving doses of 10 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.7 times the human exposure at the recommended clinical dose) and above had reduced pregnancy rates. Administration of bicalutamide to pregnant females resulted in feminization of the male offspring leading to hypospadias at doses of 10 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.7 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) and above. Affected male offspring were also impotent.

Use In Specific Populations


Risk Summary

CASODEX is contraindicated for use in pregnant women because it can cause fetal harm. CASODEX is not indicated for use in females. There are no human data on the use of CASODEX in pregnant women. In animal reproduction studies, oral administration of bicalutamide to pregnant rats during organogenesis caused abnormal development of reproductive organs in male fetuses at exposures approximately 0.7 to 2 times the human exposure at the recommended dose (see Data).


Animal Data

In an embryo-fetal development study in pregnant rats dosed during the period of organogenesis from gestation days 6-15, male fetuses had reduced anogenital distance at doses of 10 mg/kg/day and above (approximately 0.7 to 2 times the human exposure at the recommended dose).

In a pre- and post-natal development study, female rats were dosed from gestation day 7-16 and allowed to litter and rear their offspring to weaning. Male offspring of rats receiving doses of 10 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.7 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) and above, were observed to have reduced anogenital distance.

In a peri- and post-natal development study, female rats were dosed from gestation day 16 to lactation day 22 and allowed to litter and rear their offspring to weaning. Survival and weights of offspring during lactation were reduced for litters from maternal rats receiving doses of 250 mg/kg/day (approximately 2 times the human exposure at the recommended dose). Male offspring of rats receiving doses of 10 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.7 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) and above, were observed to have reduced anogenital distance, smaller secondary sex organs, cryptorchidism and hypospadias resulting in an inability to mate and impregnate their female partners. Female offspring of rats receiving doses of 10 mg/kg/day (approximately 0.7 times the human exposure at the recommended dose) and above had reduced pregnancy rates.


Risk Summary

CASODEX is not indicated for use in pregnant women. There is no information available on the presence of bicalutamide in human milk, or on the effects on the breastfed infant or on milk production. Bicalutamide has been detected in rat milk.

Females And Males Of Reproductive Potential



Antiandrogen therapy may cause morphological changes in spermatozoa [see Nonclinical Toxicology ]. Based on findings in animal reproduction studies and its mechanism of action, advise male patients with female partners of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment and for 130 days after the final dose of CASODEX [see Pregnancy and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].



Based on animal studies, CASODEX can lead to inhibition of spermatogenesis and may impair fertility in males of reproductive potential. The long-term effects of CASODEX on male fertility have not been studied [see Nonclinical Toxicology].

Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of CASODEX in pediatric patients have not been established.

CASODEX (bicalutamide) orodispersible tablet was studied in combination with ARIMIDEX (anastrozole) orodispersible tablet in an open-label, non-comparative, multi-center study that assessed the efficacy and safety of this combination regimen over 12 months in the treatment of gonadotropin independent precocious puberty in boys with familial male-limited precocious puberty, also known as testotoxicosis. Patients were enrolled in the study if they had a baseline age ≥2 years and a diagnosis of testotoxicosis based on clinical features of progressive precocious puberty, symmetrical testicular enlargement, advanced bone age, pubertal levels of serum testosterone, prepubertal pattern of gonadotropin secretion following a GnRH stimulation test, and absence of other clinical and biochemical causes of testosterone excess. Thirteen out of the 14 patients enrolled completed 12 months of combination treatment (one patient was lost to follow-up). If central precocious puberty (CPP) developed, an LHRH analog was to be added. Four patients were diagnosed with CPP during the 12-month study and received LHRH analog treatment and 2 additional patients were diagnosed at the end of the 12 months and received treatment subsequently. Mean ± SD characteristics at baseline were as follows: chronological age: 3.9±1.9 years; bone age 8.8±2.5; bone age/chronological age ratio: 2.06±0.51; growth rate (cm/yr): 10.81±4.22; growth rate standard deviation score (SDS): 0.41±1.36.

The starting CASODEX dose was 12.5 mg. CASODEX was titrated in each patient until steady-state R-bicalutamide (the active isomer of bicalutamide) trough plasma concentration reached 5-15 mcg/mL, which is the range of therapeutic concentrations achieved in adults with prostate cancer following the administration of the currently approved CASODEX dose of 50 mg. The starting daily dose of anastrozole was 0.5 mg. Anastrozole was independently titrated in each patient until it reached at steady-state a serum estradiol concentration of <10 pmol/L (2.7 pg/mL). The following ascending doses were used for CASODEX: 12.5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. For anastrozole there were two ascending doses: 0.5 mg and 1 mg. At the end of the titration phase, 1 patient was on 12.5 mg CASODEX, 8 patients were on 50 mg CASODEX, and 4 patients were on 100 mg CASODEX; 10 patients were on 0.5 mg anastrozole and 3 patients were on 1 mg anastrozole. In the majority of patients, steady-state trough concentrations of R-bicalutamide appeared to be attained by Day 21 with once daily dosing. Steady-state trough plasma anastrozole concentrations appeared to be attained by Day 8.

The primary efficacy analysis of the study was to assess the change in growth rate after 12 months of treatment, relative to the growth rate during the ≥6 months prior to entering the study. Pre-study growth rates were obtained retrospectively. There was no statistical evidence that the growth rate was reduced during treatment. During CASODEX/ARIMIDEX treatment the mean growth rate (cm/yr) decreased by 1.6 cm/year, 95% CI (-4.7 to 1.5) p=0.28; the mean growth rate SDS decreased by 0.1 SD, 95% CI (–1.2 to 1.0) p=0.88. Table 2 shows descriptive data for growth rates for the overall population and for subgroups defined by history of previous treatment for testotoxicosis with ketoconazole, spironolactone, anastrozole or other aromatase inhibitors.

Table 2. Growth Rates

Endpoint Analysis population Prestudy Mean Change from pre-study to 12 months % patients with growth reduction1
Mean Median (Min, Max)  
Growth rate (cm/yr) All treated (n=13) 10.8 -1.6 -2.8 (-7.4, 8.4) 9/13 (69%)
PT2 (n=6) 10.3 -0.2 -2.63 (-7.2, 8.4) 4/6 (67%)
NPT4 (n=7) 11.2 -2.8 -2.8 (-7.4, 1.1) 5/7 (71%)
Growth rate (SD units) All treated (n=13) 0.4 -0.1 -0.4 (-2.7, 3.5) 9/13 (69%)
PT2 (n=6) -0.1 +0.7 -0.23 (-1.6, 3.5) 4/6 (67%)
NPT 4 (n=7) 0.8 -0.7 -0.4 (-2.7, 0.5) 5/7 (71%)
1. Change compared to pre-study growth rate.
2. PT = Previous treatment for testotoxicosis with ketoconazole, spironolactone, anastrozole or other aromatase inhibitors.
3. Median calculated as midpoint of 3rd and 4th ranked observations.
4. NPT = no previous treatment for testotoxicosis with ketoconazole, spironolactone, anastrozole, or other aromatase inhibitors.

Total testosterone concentrations increased by a mean of 5 mmol/L over the 12 months of treatment from a baseline mean of 10 mmol/L. Estradiol concentrations were at or below the level of quantification (9.81 pmol/L) for 11 of 12 patients after 12 months of treatment. Six of the 12 patients started treatment at an estradiol concentration below the level of quantification.

There were no deaths, serious adverse events, or discontinuations due to adverse events during the study. Of the 14 patients exposed to study treatment, 13 (92.9%) experienced at least one adverse event. The most frequently reported (>3 patients) adverse events were gynecomastia (7/14, 50%), central precocious puberty (6/14, 43%), vomiting (5/14, 36%), headache (3/14, 21%), pyrexia (3/14, 21%), and upper respiratory tract infection (3/14, 21%). Adverse reactions considered possibly related to bicalutamide by investigators included gynecomastia (6/14, 43%), central precocious puberty (2/14, 14%), breast tenderness (2/14, 14%), breast pain (1/14, 7%), asthenia (1/14, 7%), increased alanine aminotransferase [ALT] (1/14, 7%), increased aspartate aminotransferase [AST] (1/14, 7%), and musculoskeletal chest pain (1/14, 7%). Headache was the only adverse reaction considered possibly related to anastrozole by investigators. For the patient who developed elevated ALT and AST, the elevation was <3X ULN, and returned to normal without stopping treatment; there was no concomitant elevation in total bilirubin.

Geriatric Use

In two studies in patients given 50 or 150 mg daily, no significant relationship between age and steady-state levels of total bicalutamide or the active R-enantiomer has been shown.

Hepatic Impairment

CASODEX should be used with caution in patients with moderate-to-severe hepatic impairment. CASODEX is extensively metabolized by the liver. Limited data in subjects with severe hepatic impairment suggest that excretion of CASODEX may be delayed and could lead to further accumulation. Periodic liver function tests should be considered for hepatic-impaired patients on long-term therapy [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

No clinically significant difference in the pharmacokinetics of either enantiomer of bicalutamide was noted in patients with mild-to-moderate hepatic disease as compared to healthy controls. However, the half-life of the R-enantiomer was increased approximately 76% (5.9 and 10.4 days for normal and impaired patients, respectively) in patients with severe liver disease (n=4).

Renal Impairment

Renal impairment (as measured by creatinine clearance) had no significant effect on the elimination of total bicalutamide or the active R-enantiomer.

Overdosage & Contraindications


Long-term clinical trials have been conducted with dosages up to 200 mg of CASODEX daily and these dosages have been well tolerated. A single dose of CASODEX that results in symptoms of an overdose considered to be life threatening has not been established.

There is no specific antidote; treatment of an overdose should be symptomatic.

In the management of an overdose with CASODEX, vomiting may be induced if the patient is alert. It should be remembered that, in this patient population, multiple drugs may have been taken. Dialysis is not likely to be helpful since CASODEX is highly protein bound and is extensively metabolized. General supportive care, including frequent monitoring of vital signs and close observation of the patient, is indicated.


Casodex is contraindicated in:


CASODEX is contraindicated in any patient who has shown a hypersensitivity reaction to the drug or any of the tablet’s components. Hypersensitivity reactions including angioneurotic edema and urticaria have been reported.


CASODEX has no indication for women, and should not be used in this population.


CASODEX can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman [see Use In Specific Populations].

Clinical Pharmacology


Mechanism Of Action

CASODEX is a non-steroidal androgen receptor inhibitor. It competitively inhibits the action of androgens by binding to cytosol androgen receptors in the target tissue. Prostatic carcinoma is known to be androgen sensitive and responds to treatment that counteracts the effect of androgen and/or removes the source of androgen.

When CASODEX is combined with LHRH analog therapy, the suppression of serum testosterone induced by the LHRH analog is not affected. However, in clinical trials with CASODEX as a single agent for prostate cancer, rises in serum testosterone and estradiol have been noted.

In a subset of patients who have been treated with CASODEX and an LHRH agonist, and who discontinue CASODEX therapy due to progressive advanced prostate cancer, a reduction in Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and/or clinical improvement (antiandrogen withdrawal phenomenon) may be observed.



Bicalutamide is well-absorbed following oral administration, although the absolute bioavailability is unknown. Co-administration of bicalutamide with food has no clinically significant effect on rate or extent of absorption.


Bicalutamide is highly protein-bound (96%) [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].


Bicalutamide undergoes stereospecific metabolism. The S (inactive) isomer is metabolized primarily by glucuronidation. The R (active) isomer also undergoes glucuronidation but is predominantly oxidized to an inactive metabolite followed by glucuronidation. Both the parent and metabolite glucuronides are eliminated in the urine and feces. The S-enantiomer is rapidly cleared relative to the R-enantiomer, with the R-enantiomer accounting for about 99% of total steady-state plasma levels.

Pharmacokinetics of the active enantiomer of CASODEX in normal males and patients with prostate cancer are presented in Table 3.

Table 3.

Parameter Mean Standard Deviation
Normal Males (n=30)    
Apparent Oral Clearance (L/hr) 0.320 0.103
Single Dose Peak Concentration (μg/mL) 0.768 0.178
Single Dose Time to Peak Concentration (hours) 31.3 14.6
Half-life (days) 5.8 2.29
Patients with Prostate Cancer (n=40)    
Css (μg/mL) 8.939 3.504

Clinical Studies

CASODEX 50 mg Daily In Combination With An LHRH-A

In a multi-center, double-blind, controlled clinical trial, 813 patients with previously untreated advanced prostate cancer were randomized to receive CASODEX 50 mg once daily (404 patients) or flutamide 250 mg (409 patients) three times a day, each in combination with LHRH analogs (either goserelin acetate implant or leuprolide acetate depot).

In an analysis conducted after a median follow-up of 160 weeks was reached, 213 (52.7%) patients treated with CASODEX-LHRH analog therapy and 235 (57.5%) patients treated with flutamide-LHRH analog therapy had died. There was no significant difference in survival between treatment groups (see Figure 1). The hazard ratio for time to death (survival) was 0.87 (95% confidence interval 0.72 to 1.05).

Figure 1 - The Kaplan-Meier probability of death for both antiandrogen treatment groups.

The Kaplan-Meier probability of death for both antiandrogen treatment groups - Illustration

There was no significant difference in time to objective tumor progression between treatment groups (see Figure 2). Objective tumor progression was defined as the appearance of any bone metastases or the worsening of any existing bone metastases on bone scan attributable to metastatic disease, or an increase by 25% or more of any existing measurable extraskeletal metastases. The hazard ratio for time to progression of CASODEX plus LHRH analog to that of flutamide plus LHRH analog was 0.93 (95% confidence interval, 0.79 to 1.10).

Figure 2 - Kaplan-Meier curve for time to progression for both antiandrogen treatment groups.

Kaplan-Meier curve for time to progression for both antiandrogen treatment groups - Illustration

Quality of life was assessed with self-administered patient questionnaires on pain, social functioning, emotional well-being, vitality, activity limitation, bed disability, overall health, physical capacity, general symptoms, and treatment related symptoms. Assessment of the Quality of Life questionnaires did not indicate consistent significant differences between the two treatment groups.

Safety Data From Clinical Studies Using CASODEX 150 mg

CASODEX 150 mg is not approved for use either alone or with other treatments.

Two identical multi-center, randomized, open-label trials comparing CASODEX 150 mg daily monotherapy to castration were conducted in patients that had locally advanced (T3-4, NX, M0) or metastatic (M1) prostate cancer.

Monotherapy – M1 Group

CASODEX 150 mg daily is not approved for use in patients with M1 cancer of the prostate. Based on an interim analysis of the two trials for survival, the Data Safety Monitoring Board recommended that CASODEX treatment be discontinued in the M1 patients because the risk of death was 25% (HR 1.25, 95% CI 0.87 to 1.81) and 31% (HR 1.31, 95% CI 0.97 to 1.77) higher in the CASODEX treated group compared to that in the castrated group, respectively.

Locally Advanced (T3-4, NX, M0) Group

CASODEX 150 mg daily is not approved for use in patients with locally advanced (T3-4, NX, M0) cancer of the prostate. Following discontinuation of all M1 patients, the trials continued with the T3-4, NX, M0 patients until study completion. In the larger trial (N=352), the risk of death was 25% (HR 1.25, 95% CI 0.92 to 1.71) higher in the CASODEX group and in the smaller trial (N=140), the risk of death was 36% (HR 0.64, 95% CI, 0.39 to 1.03) lower in the CASODEX group.

In addition to the above two studies, there are three other ongoing clinical studies that provide additional safety information for CASODEX 150 mg, a dose that is not approved for use. These are three multi-center, randomized, double-blind, parallel group trials comparing CASODEX 150 mg daily monotherapy (adjuvant to previous therapy or under watchful waiting) with placebo, for death or time to disease progression, in a population of 8113 patients with localized or locally advanced prostate cancer.

CASODEX 150 mg daily is not approved for use as therapy for patients with localized prostate cancer who are candidates for watchful waiting. Data from a planned subgroup analysis of two of these trials in 1627 patients with localized prostate cancer who were under watchful waiting, revealed a trend toward decreased survival in the CASODEX arm after a median follow-up of 7.4 years. There were 294 (37.7%) deaths in the CASODEX treated patients versus 279 (32.9%) deaths in the placebo-treated patients (localized watchful waiting group) for a hazard ratio of 1.16 (95% CI 0.99 to 1.37).

Medication Guide


(bicalutamide) Tablet

Read this Patient Information before you start taking CASODEX and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.

What is CASODEX?

CASODEX is a prescription medicine called an androgen receptor inhibitor, used in combination with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) medicines to treat Stage D2 metastatic prostate cancer.

CASODEX is not for use in women.

It is not known if CASODEX is safe and effective in children.

Who should not take CASODEX?

Do not take CASODEX if you:

  • are a woman.
  • are pregnant or may become pregnant. CASODEX may harm your unborn baby.
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in CASODEX. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in CASODEX. Get medical help right away if you get any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: itching, hives (raised bumps), swelling of the face, lips or tongue, trouble breathing or swallowing.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking CASODEX?

Before you take CASODEX, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have liver problems.
  • take a medicine to thin your blood. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is a blood thinner.
  • have diabetes (poor blood sugar control has been reported in people taking CASODEX in combination with LHRH medicines).
  • have a partner that is pregnant or could become pregnant. You should use effective birth control methods while you are taking CASODEX and for 130 days after stopping CASODEX. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about birth control.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over the counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. CASODEX and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. CASODEX may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how CASODEX works.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your healthcare providers when you get a new medicine.

How should I take CASODEX?

  • Take CASODEX exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
  • Take CASODEX at the same time every day.
  • Your treatment with CASODEX should start at the same time as your treatment with the LHRH medicine.
  • If you miss a dose do not take an extra dose, take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
  • CASODEX can be taken with or without food.
  • If you take too much CASODEX, call your healthcare provider or Poison Control Center or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
  • Do not stop taking CASODEX unless your healthcare provider tells you.
  • Your healthcare provider may do blood tests while you take CASODEX.
  • Your prostate cancer may get worse while taking CASODEX in combination with LHRH medicines.

Regular monitoring of your prostate cancer with your healthcare provider is important to determine if your disease is worse.

What should I avoid while taking CASODEX?

Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how CASODEX affects you.

Some people have had skin sensitivity to sunlight while taking CASODEX. You should avoid sunlight or sunlamps and tanning beds and consider using sunscreen while being treated with CASODEX.

What are the possible side effects of CASODEX?

CASODEX may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Liver problems, including liver failure that may need to be treated in a hospital or that may lead to death. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver function before and during treatment with CASODEX. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these symptoms of a liver problem during treatment:
    • yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
    • dark urine
    • right upper stomach pain
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • tiredness
    • loss of appetite
    • chills
    • fever
  • Trouble breathing with or without a cough or fever. Some people taking CASODEX get an inflammation in the lungs called interstitial lung disease.
  • An allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: itching of the skin, hives (raised bumps), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or trouble swallowing.
  • Enlargement of breast (gynecomastia) and breast pain.
  • Poor blood sugar control can happen in people who take CASODEX in combination with LHRH medicines. Your healthcare provider may check your blood sugar during CASODEX therapy.

    The most common side effects of CASODEX include:

    • hot flashes, or short periods of feeling warm and sweating
    • whole body pain in your back, pelvis, stomach
    • feeling weak
    • constipation
    • infection
    • nausea
    • swelling in your ankles, legs or feet
    • diarrhea
    • blood in your urine
    • waking from sleep to urinate at night
    • a decrease in red blood cells (anemia)
    • feeling dizzy

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of CASODEX. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store CASODEX?

Store CASODEX at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).

Keep CASODEX and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of CASODEX.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a patient information leaflet. Do not use CASODEX for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give CASODEX to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about CASODEX. If you would like more information about CASODEX, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about CASODEX that is written for health professionals. For more information go to or call 1-800-236-9933.

What are the ingredients in CASODEX?

Active ingredient: bicalutamide.

Inactive ingredients: lactose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, polyvidone, sodium starch glycollate, titanium dioxide.

This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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