ABIRATERONE (a bir A ter one) blocks the effect of the male hormone called testosterone. This medicine is used for certain types of prostate cancer.
Abiraterone may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take Zytiga on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food. You can take Yonsa with or without food. Do not cut, crush, or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor''s advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Abiraterone contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Abiraterone is only for you. Do not share Abiraterone with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-chest pain or chest tightness
-fast, irregular heartbeat
-feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
-general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
-right upper belly pain
-signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as being more thirsty or hungry or having to urinate more than normal. You may also feel very tired or have blurry vision.
-signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
-swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
-unusually weak or tired
-yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Abiraterone. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
-certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-high blood pressure
-history of irregular heartbeat
-low levels of potassium in the blood
-an unusual or allergic reaction to abiraterone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
If you are a woman, do not get pregnant while taking this medicine. If you do get pregnant, tell your doctor right away. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not touch this medicine without wearing gloves. Men should not father a child while taking this medicine and for 3 weeks after stopping it. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.
Learn how to check your blood sugar if you have diabetes. Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar and how to manage them.
This medicine may increase blood sugar. Ask your healthcare provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
If you have diabetes, always carry a quick-source of sugar with you in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Examples include hard sugar candy or glucose tablets. Make sure others know that you can choke if you eat or drink when you develop serious symptoms of low blood sugar, such as seizures or unconsciousness. They must seek medical help at once.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.