Bicalutamide

Usual solid dosage form
Tablets
Available as a liquid
yes - oral suspension, oral suspension (unlicensed special)
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
No
Liquid strengths
Check with specials manufacturer
Liquid sugar free or not
Check with specials manufacturer
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
Yes
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
Yes - oral suspension
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Available as other formulations?
No
Note
Bicalutamide tablets should not be crushed or handled by pregnant women as the medication is a potent anti-androgen. Wear protective clothing to minimise contact with the medication.
Film coated
Yes
Modified release
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Bicalutamide
Safe or appropriate to crush
Where possible change to different drug, available in an injectable or implantable formulation. If this is not possible and continuation of bicalutamide therapy is considered appropriate consider obtaining a liquid special. Crushing tablets should be considered a last resort and should be done using a closed system where possible (e.g. crushing syringe). Clinicians should be aware that this is an unlicensed use of the medication.