Abiraterone Drug Information
Abiraterone acetate (ZytigaTM) is a medication licensed for the treatment of late-stage prostate cancer. It is approved for use only in adults and is used in combination with prednisone. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, abiraterone is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects may include hot flushes, joint swelling, and muscle aches.
Abiraterone comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. Make sure to take your dose on an empty stomach. Do not eat anything for at least two hours before and one hour after taking your dose. Taking this medicine with food may cause too much of the drug to be absorbed into the body, increasing your risk for side effects.
Before using abiraterone, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking (including vitamins and supplements), as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have certain medical issues, such as problems with your heart or liver.
(For more details, click Abiraterone. This full-length article provides information on how this drug works, dosing guidelines, and safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)