Zytiga Medication Information
A healthcare provider may prescribe ZytigaTM (abiraterone acetate) to treat advanced prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized). It is used in combination with prednisone and may be an effective treatment when other prostate cancer treatments have failed.
Zytiga works by decreasing testosterone levels, which can slow down the growth rate of the cancer cells. It comes in tablet form and is taken once daily on an empty stomach.
Before starting treatment with Zytiga, make sure to review the medication's safety information with your healthcare provider. For example, you may not be able to use this medicine if you have certain allergies, heart problems, or liver disease. Also, this drug may react with certain other medications.
Although people tolerate Zytiga well, side effects can occur. Some of the common reactions reported with this drug include muscle aches, fluid retention (edema), and joint swelling.
(For more information on this medication, click Zytiga. This article offers a complete overview, including more in-depth dosing guidelines and details on the safety and effectiveness of this drug.)