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Zytiga is an oral tablet made up of an anti-androgen called abiraterone. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 250mg!
Zytiga is a medication prescribed along with other medications to treat prostate cancer, specifically prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. The prostate, the male sex gland which produces semen, is about the size of a walnut and wraps around the urethra. The urethra is tube shaped and allows the urine to travel from the bladder to the tip of the penis. Prostate cancer is when the cells inside the prostate begin to grow out of control. Eventually, the cells may begin to grow outside of the prostate gland, spreading to nearby tissues or throughout the body. This means it can affect the bladder or can travel through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system and reach your bones or other organs (such as the liver or lungs). This can result in complications such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and severe pain if the cancer spreads to the bones. Typically, this condition is slow-growing and happens gradually over time.
Zytiga (abiraterone) is effective at treating (not curing) prostate cancer because as an anti-testosterone (or anti-antidrogens) it has the ability to block the actions of testosterone. Testosterone is the hormone that aids in the growth and spread of prostate cancer.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Zytiga (abiraterone) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions very carefully, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget. Do not take this medication for longer than prescribed, or in smaller or larger amounts. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. Keep up with frequent medical tests that are required while being treated with this medication.
This medication is commonly taken once per day. Usually a steroid (like prednisone or methylprednisolone) is also taken each day as part as treatment; commonly taken 1 or 2 times per day. Zytiga should be taken on an empty stomach; avoid eating 2 hours prior or an hour following your dose. Do not chew, crush, or break a tablet; you should swallow it whole with a full glass of water.
Store in room temperature away from moisture, heat and light. Keep away from children and pets.
Do not use Zytiga (abiraterone)
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to abiraterone, or if you are female or a child (under 18).
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, heart problems, low levels of potassium in your blood, or problems with your adrenal gland or pituitary gland.
If used by a pregnant woman, harm or even death of the unborn child may be a result. Tablets should not be handled by pregnant woman or women who are trying to conceive. If a pregnant woman must handle these tablets; latex gloves should be worm.
Harm can also be done to unborn child if it’s the father taking Zytiga at the time of conception or during pregnancy.
If your sex partner is able to bear children; wear effective birth control while using this medication and for at least 3 weeks following your last dose. Use a condom and another birth control method to ensure pregnancy is effectively avoided.
Zytiga should not be used by a woman; especially a breast feeding woman.
Common side effects of Zytiga (abiraterone) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Zytiga (abiraterone) may include:
liver problems - stomach pain (upper right side), nausea, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
What should I avoid while being treated with Zytiga?
While being treated with Zytiga, you should avoid eating for at least 2 hours prior to your dose and 1 hour following your dose. Food can increase the amount of the drug your body absorbs, which can lead to unwanted side effects.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, skip it and continue as scheduled. Do not use extra medication at your next dose to make up for the missed dose. If you miss more than 1 dose, call your doctor.
What is the average dose for an adult with prostate cancer?
The average dose for an adult with prostate cancer is 1000mg taken once a day (on an empty stomach).
Are there any medications I should avoid while using this one?
You should avoid products that contain St. John Wort. You should also avoid Flomax (tamsulosin), metoprolol, oxycodone, and Xtandi (enzalutamide).
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