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Abiraterone is prescribed in combination with prednisone to treat advanced prostate cancer. This medicine works to slow down the growth of cancer cells by decreasing testosterone production. It comes as a tablet that is taken once daily. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible and may include hot flushes, fluid retention, and muscle aches.
What Is Abiraterone?Abiraterone acetate (Zytiga™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of certain types of prostate cancer that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body), sometimes called advanced or late-stage prostate cancer. It is used in combination with prednisone.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, abiraterone may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Joint swelling and discomfort
- Muscle aches
- Fluid retention (edema)
- Hot flushes.