What is Zytiga used for?
Zytiga is used alongside prednisone for the treatment of prostate cancer that’s spread to other areas of the body. The active ingredient (abiraterone) belongs to a class of medications called anti-androgens. Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone that can help prostate cancer to grow and spread. Zytiga helps to block the production of testosterone which slows the spread and growth of prostate cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Zytiga
Before starting Zytiga ensure you carefully read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have. Different brands of this medication may have different dosing instructions so do not change brands without talking to your doctor first.
Take Zytiga orally on an empty stomach as instructed by your physician, usually once a day. Taking Zytiga too soon before or after eating drastically increases the amount of this medication in your body, thereby increasing your risk of side effects. Always swallow Zytiga whole, never crush, chew, or split this medication.
Your dosage will be based on your medical condition, response to treatment, other medications you’re taking, and lab results. Take Zytiga regularly to properly benefit from it and take it at the same time daily to help you remember. If your condition persists or worsens talk to your doctor right away.
Zytiga can interact with other medications you are taking in such a way that you experience increased side effects or a change in the efficacy of the medications.
Zytiga interacts with the following medications:
This is not a complete list of all medications that interact with Zytiga. Therefore, you should always give your doctor a complete list of all of the prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as any vitamins you are taking to help avoid drug interactions. If you have any questions regarding medical interactions you can call us at 1-844-416-4282 to request counselling from a pharmacist.
Alongside the needed benefits of Zytiga, it can also cause unwanted side effects. You will not experience all of these side effects, but some can require medical attention so discuss side effects with your doctor before starting any medication.
Talk with your doctor right away if you experience the following:
Bloating or swelling of the hands, arms, feet, lower legs, or face
Bloody or cloudy urine
Chest pain or discomfort
Difficult, burning, or painful urination
Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
Feeling of warmth
Frequent urge to urinate
Increased urge to urinate during the night
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
Loss of appetite
Lower back or side pain
Muscle pain or cramps
Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
Pain or swelling in the arms or legs without any injury
Passing urine more often
Pounding in the ears
Rapid weight gain
Redness of the upper chest, neck, arms and
Swelling with pits or depressions on the skin
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Unusual weight gain or loss
Waking to urinate at night
Arm, back, or jaw pain
Chest tightness or heaviness
Clay colored stools
Cool, sweaty skin
Decreased urine output
Difficulty with breathing
Dilated neck veins
Extreme tiredness or weakness
Itching skin or rash
Stomach pain or tenderness
Yellow eyes or skin
Darkening of the skin
There are some Zytiga side effects that don’t require medical attention. Usually these side effects will subside as your body adjusts to the medication. Your doctor may also be able to help you avoid these side effects all together, talk to them about how to best start Zytiga. If the following side effects continue or are becoming bothersome, talk with your doctor:
Body aches or pain
Difficulty with moving
Loss of voice
Muscle cramps, spasms, or stiffness
Muscle or bone pain
Stomach discomfort or upset
Swelling or stiffness of the joints
This is not an exhaustive list of all possible side effects. If you notice side effects not listed here, talk to your doctor right away. If you have any questions about side effects you can reach out to us at 1-844-416-4282 and request to speak with a pharmacist for counselling.
DISCLAIMER: The following information is a summary for those who are looking to buy Zytiga online and does not contain all possible information about this medication. This information does not guarantee that this medication is right for you. Always discuss your medical conditions and treatments with your doctor or other health care professional before you buy Zytiga.