Overview of ZYTIGA for Treating Prostate Cancer

ZYTIGA (abiraterone acetate) is a prescription medicine used to treat prostate cancer in adult men. It can be used in different stages of prostate cancer, including when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

How ZYTIGA Works

  • ZYTIGA stops the body from producing testosterone. Testosterone can help prostate cancer grow. Lowering testosterone levels can help slow the growth of prostate cancer.
  • ZYTIGA is often prescribed with a steroid medicine called prednisone or prednisolone. This helps lower the chances of high blood pressure, fluid retention, and low potassium levels, which can be side effects of ZYTIGA.

Before Taking ZYTIGA

  • Tell your doctor about any heart or liver problems you have or medicines you take. This is important to determine if ZYTIGA is appropriate for you.
  • ZYTIGA should not be taken by women who are or may become pregnant. It can harm an unborn baby.
  • Use birth control if having sex with a woman who can become pregnant. Use a condom if having sex with a pregnant partner to protect the unborn child.

How to Take ZYTIGA

  • Take 1,000 mg (four 250 mg tablets) once per day. Swallow tablets whole. Do not break or chew them.
  • Take ZYTIGA on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal.
  • Take prednisone or prednisolone every day as prescribed while on ZYTIGA. Do not stop unless directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose, take your normal dose the next day. If you miss more than one day, contact your doctor.

Side Effects and Safety Monitoring

  • ZYTIGA can cause side effects like high blood pressure, swelling, low potassium, liver problems, and diarrhea. Tell your doctor right away if these occur.
  • Your doctor will monitor your bloodwork periodically to check for liver problems while on ZYTIGA.
  • Other medicines may interact with ZYTIGA. Provide your doctor and pharmacist a list of all medicines you take.

Storing and Handling ZYTIGA

  • Store ZYTIGA tablets below 30°C and keep out of reach of children.
  • Discard expired medicine properly to protect the environment. Ask your pharmacist for disposal advice.
  • Women who may be or are pregnant should wear gloves if handling ZYTIGA tablets.

In summary, ZYTIGA is an important treatment option for prostate cancer. Work closely with your healthcare providers to use it safely and effectively. Speak to your doctor if you have any additional questions.