What is Zytiga used for?
Zytiga is an anti-androgens medication used in combination with prednisone to treat prostate cancer. It is often used when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. It should only be used by men. It would not help to treat any other type of cancer.
Zytiga (Abiraterone acetate) Information
How does Zytiga work?
It lowers the production of testosterone. Testosterone helps prostate cancer grow. Blocking testosterone production prevents the spread and growth of cancer.
How do you use Zytiga?
Zytiga is taken orally without food. It works best on an empty stomach, either 1 hour before or two hours after a meal. Digesting food with the drug causes more of it to get into your system which can increase your risk of experiencing side effects.
The tablets are intended to be swallowed whole. Do not split, cut or chew the tablets. If you cannot swallow the tablets, call your doctor to see if there is a safe way to take it.
If you miss your dose you can take it whenever you remember. Do not take an extra dose if you forget to take it. If it’s almost time for your next dose you can skip the one you missed and continue with your schedule.
Do not stop taking the medication when you feel better. Stopping treatment early can allow the cancer to spread more quickly and thoroughly. Call your doctor if your condition grows worse or if you have difficulty urinating.
Zytiga Precautions and Warnings?
All orders from Sunshine Pharmacy are delivered in the manufacturer's packaging and include a medicine information sheet. We ask that you carefully read this information sheet and call us if you have any questions or do not understand the document.
You may have a higher risk of adrenal gland problems. You may need to have your glands tested before starting treatment.
Pregnant women or women intending to become pregnant should avoid handling the tablets. The dust from the tablets can harm an unborn child. Men taking this product should consider using birth control such as condoms. If a man taking Zytiga causes a pregnancy, the child may have an increased risk of birth defects.
Advise your doctor if you have a personal or family history of the following conditions.
- cold sweats
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- blurred vision
- slurred speech
- increased hunger
- fast heartbeat
These may affect how well Zytiga works or the medicine may make these conditions worse.
What Drugs Interact with Zytiga?
There are potential known drug interactions associated with Zytiga. You should disclose all of your current vitamins, supplements, OTC drugs, herbal products and all current prescription medicines. Our pharmacists will provide therapeutic screening for all orders against this supplied list.
Call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction or drug interaction.
- St John's Wort
What are the Side Effects of Zytiga?
We do not list all possible known side effects.You may experience a side effect that is not provided here. If you find that you are noticing severe side effects call your doctor or one of our pharmacists for counseling and medical advice.
Your doctor will normally balance the benefits of treatment versus any possible adverse reactions. Please call us and speak to the pharmacist if you have concerns about buying Zytiga online.
- feeling of warmth
- mood changes
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- muscle pain or cramps
- unusual weight gain or loss
- passing urine more often
- bone pain or fracture
- pounding in the ears
- sudden sweating
- frequent urge to urinate
- lower back or side pain
- trouble breathing
- slow heartbeat
- rapid weight gain
- pain or swelling in the arms or legs without any injury
- swelling with pits or depressions on the skin
- bloody or cloudy urine
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- loss of appetite
- increased urge to urinate during the night
- dry mouth
- Bladder pain
- chest pain or discomfort
- lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- urinary tract infection
- high blood pressure
- low blood sugar
Is there a generic Zytiga?
The generic product is Abiraterone tablets. It is much more affordable than the brand product.
Zytiga (Abiraterone acetate) FAQs
How to stop taking Zytiga?
Zytiga is often until an adverse reaction develops or until it stops becoming effective. You should not stop taking Zytiga unless directed by your doctor.
How long does it take Zytiga to lower PSA?
Results can take 2-4 weeks. Your doctor will monitor your treatment and develop a plan to ensure that the drug is working.
How long can you take Zytiga?
Most people take Zytiga for around 8 to 24 months.
Which is better, Xtandi vs Zytiga?
While both these drugs are used to treat prostate cancer, they have different mechanisms of action. Your doctor will determine which one will work best for your condition.
Is Zytiga chemotherapy?
Zytiga is not a chemotherapy drug.