Zytiga
Alternatives

(Abiraterone)

Zytiga (Abiraterone)

Prescription only

Casodex (Bicalutamide)

1 of 2 alternatives
Treats prostate cancer.

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.

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Upsides
  • 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.
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Downsides
  • 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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Used for
  • Metastatic prostate cancer
  • Stage D2
  • In combination with a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) analog
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
    63%
  • Hyperglycemia
    56%
  • High ALT
    42%
  • Fatigue
    39%
  • Lymphopenia
    38%
  • High AST
    37%
  • Hypernatremia
    33%
  • Joint swelling/discomfort
    30%
  • Hypokalemia
    28%
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The Casodex (Bicalutamide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Worsening liver function

    Current liver problems

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

  • Adrenal suppression

    Infection

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Mineralocorticoid (steroid hormone) excess

    History of cardiovascular disease

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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