Aug 27, 2005 - 8:10 am
Stuart asked about my experience with Casodex. His post: "Four years ago I was diagnosed with PC...After radiation my PSA recently began to rise...I just started 150 MG Casodex...I would like to know how you are doing and what are the side efects...Thank you"
Rather than piggy-back a reply to an existing thread on a separate topic, I decided to start a new topic to discuss my experience.
I started to have a rising PSA 4 years after surgery which I had on August 3, 1998. Slight rise, from 0.1 to 0.3, but my urologist felt it was time to take action, as the trend upward seemed to be clear. I take a 50 mg tab each morning (supposed to take daily at the same time). I started the drug on May 1, 2004, and after 3 months, the PSA was back down to less than 0.1, exactly where it was right after surgery. I will be having another checkup on September 15, so will find out then the current status of the PSA. My last test was April 1st, and the PSA was still at 0.1.
For about 3 months after starting the drug, I would experience a slight headache soon after taking the pill, but nothing severe. I no longer have the headaches. I have not experienced any "hot flashes" which is supposed to be one of the common side effects. I have experienced breast enlargement and tenderness. This happened almost immediately after starting the drug. It is difficult for me to say that my "sex drive" has diminished because of the drug since even before starting the drug I felt that sex was just not that important to me any longer. Important, sure, but not THAT important.
My doctor has told me that he will stop the drug one year after the PSA result has been stable at less than 0.1. If the PSA result remains at 0.1, then I would go off the medication April 2006. I HATE taking any medication, but would rather take Casodex than watch the PSA result steadily climb.
I have experienced no other side effects. Others may wish to share their experience with Casodex.