Abiraterone Tablet

Abiraterone is a drug given to patients with castrate-resistant prostate cancer. It works by decreasing the amount of androgens in your body and is usually given with prednisolone.

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​What is this medication use​​d for​​​

Abiraterone is a drug given to patients with castrate-resistant prostate cancer.
It works by decreasing the amount of androgens in your body and is usually given with prednisolone.

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Dosage a​nd How to Use​​

It is a tablet that you take by mouth. You may take it with a glass of water or juice. It is taken once daily while prednisolone is taken twice daily.

Abiraterone should be taken on an empty stomach, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after food.

Missed a Do​​se​​

If you miss a dose of Abiraterone, take it as soon as you can if it is within 12 hours of the missed dose. If it is over 12 hours since your missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual dosing. Do not double the dose.


Side Effects, Precautio​ns, Contraindication​​

What are the side effects of Abiraterone?

  • Joint and muscle pain and weakness
  • Swelling of the leg or feet
  • Hot flushes
  • Headache, giddiness
  • Diarrhea or heartburn
  • ​​​High blood pressure
  • Your blood pressure should be monitored closely. Discuss a proper follow-up plan with your physician.​​​

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:​​

  • Excessive giddiness, weakness, light-headedness or confusion
  • Severe headache
  • Severe muscle or joint pain
  • Severe leg or feet swelling
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Fever (>37.5°C) accompanied by flu-like symptoms
  • Pain on urination

Other precautions:

  • Use effective birth control during treatment and for at least 1 week after stopping treatment.
  • Women of child-bearing potential should wear gloves while handling this medication
  • ​Inform your physician or pharmacist if you are on any other medications (e.g. warfarin)
  • Inform your physician or pharmacist if you have any other medical conditions (e.g. heart problems, high blood pressure)

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Handling and Storage​

Store Abiraterone tablets out of the reach of children, at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture.

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Additional Information​​​

Other name: Zytiga®

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If you have any questions, please call your pharmacist at the National Cancer Centre. The side effects listed above are those that occur frequently. Other side effects may occur. Please contact your doctor to report.


Disclaimer: The National Cancer Centre Singapore does not endorse or promote the use of any product mentioned in this booklet. The information is presented in a summary to provide an understanding and for knowledge only, and may not contain information about all aspects of care. It does not recommend self-management of health problems or replace consultation with your doctor. You should never disregard medical advice or delay seeking treatment because of something you have read in this booklet.
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Version 1 
Last reviewed: July 2017
Produced by Department of Pharmacy 
National Cancer Centre Singapore

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