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Abiraterone Acetate (a bir A ter one AS e tate)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Zytiga

Brand Names: Canada

Zytiga

What is this drug used for?

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to abiraterone or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have liver disease.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
  • Have your blood pressure checked often. Talk with your doctor.
  • Do not let women who are pregnant or of childbearing age touch the tablets without wearing gloves.
  • If you are a man and have sex with a female who could get pregnant, protect her from pregnancy. Use a condom and another form of birth control that you can trust during care and for 1 week after care ends.
  • If you are having sex and your partner is pregnant or gets pregnant, use a condom during care and for 1 week after care ends.
  • This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • This drug is not approved for use in women.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Any bruising or bleeding.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Bone pain.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Flushing.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Joint pain or swelling.
  • Heartburn.
  • Cough.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Throwing up.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Take with prednisone as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
  • Take with a full glass of water.
  • Swallow tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you miss a dose, wait until the next day to take your normal dose.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • If you miss 2 doses, call your doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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