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Zytiga

(Abiraterone)

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Treats prostate cancer.

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Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Zytiga (Abiraterone) is an effective, first-line option for a certain type of prostate cancer, but it has many drug interactions and may be expensive.

  • In studies, people with a certain type of prostate cancer taking Zytiga (Abiraterone) lived longer by about 4 months and the cancer didn't worsen by about 2 months.
  • In studies, people with a certain type of prostate cancer taking Zytiga (Abiraterone) delayed starting chemotherapy by about 8 months.
  • Treats metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).
  • Zytiga (Abiraterone) is an oral tablet that's taken once a day.
  • Not the best choice if you have heart or liver problems.
  • Zytiga (Abiraterone) can cause liver damage. You'll need routine blood tests to check your liver function.
  • There are many drug interactions.
  • There's no generic available and it can be very expensive.

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Side effects for Zytiga (Abiraterone)

From clinical trials of Zytiga / Prostate cancer, all grades (1000 mg (taken with 5 mg Prednisone twice a day)) ( 1185)

  • High blood triglyceridesHigh blood triglycerides63% for Abiraterone vs.53% for placebo
  • High blood sugarHigh blood sugar56% for Abiraterone vs.51% for placebo
  • High altHigh alt42% for Abiraterone vs.28% for placebo
  • FatigueFatigue39% for Abiraterone vs.34% for placebo
  • LymphopeniaLymphopenia38% for Abiraterone vs.32% for placebo
  • High astHigh ast37% for Abiraterone vs.28% for placebo
  • High blood sodiumHigh blood sodium33% for Abiraterone vs.25% for placebo
  • High astHigh ast31% for Abiraterone vs.36% for placebo
  • Joint swelling/discomfortJoint swelling/discomfort30% for Abiraterone vs.25% for placebo
  • Joint swelling/discomfortJoint swelling/discomfort30% for Abiraterone vs.23% for placebo

What to expect when you take Zytiga (Abiraterone)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Zytiga (Abiraterone) must be taken on an empty stomach. Don't eat any food for at least 2 hours before or 1 hour after taking Zytiga (Abiraterone).
  • Don't crush or chew Zytiga (Abiraterone). Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.
  • Each dose of Zytiga (Abiraterone) must be taken with a medicine called prednisone. This is to help lower the side effects you might experience with Zytiga (Abiraterone).
  • Zytiga (Abiraterone) can cause birth defects. Men should use a condom and another form of birth control during treatment and for 1 week after. Women who are or may be pregnant shouldn't touch the tablets without gloves.
  • Zytiga (Abiraterone) interacts with a lot of medicines. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting Zytiga (Abiraterone) or any other new medicine.

Risks and Warnings for Zytiga (Abiraterone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Current liver problems

    Zytiga (Abiraterone) is processed by the liver. If you have liver problems, talk to your doctor because you may need a different dose. Baseline and follow-up lab tests are needed before starting Zytiga (Abiraterone).

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Zytiga (Abiraterone)

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  • Zytiga (Abiraterone) must be taken on an empty stomach. Don't eat any food for at least 2 hours before or 1 hour after taking Zytiga (Abiraterone).