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Abiraterone Acetate

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: ZytigaT
    • Brand Names: Canada: ZytigaT
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiandrogen

    Uses
    • It is used to treat prostate cancer.
    • It slows prostate cancer growth by lowering testosterone levels.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with prednisone as you have been told by your doctor.
    • Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
    • Swallow tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

    Missed Dose

    • If you miss a dose, wait until the next day to take your normal dose.
    • If you miss 2 doses, call your doctor.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to abiraterone or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are a woman.

    Precautions

    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Do not let women who are pregnant or of childbearing age touch the tablets without wearing gloves.
    • If you are have sex and your partner is pregnant or gets pregnant, use a latex condom during care and for 1 week after care ends.

    Side Effects

    • Swelling.
    • High blood pressure.
    • Flushing.
    • Loose stools.
    • Belly pain or heartburn.
    • Muscle or joint pain.
    • Cough.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5F (38C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • A fast heartbeat.
    • Swelling on legs or feet.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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