Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer among men. Abiraterone can help to treat prostate cancer that has been distributed to the areas of the body. This is a class of drug that belongs to the anti-androgens. This medicine is meant to be used only by men.

Abiraterone is a hormonal drug that is derived from steroidal progesterone. It is a unique type of drug on its own and has its medical benefits in patients with prostate cancer that does not resolve with conventional treatments, including hormonal treatments. This drug is recommended as an acetate salt prodrug with higher bioavailability. It is found to be less susceptible to hydrolysis than the actual drug.

This drug blocks an enzyme in the body called cytochrome p17. This enzyme is needed by the body to create testosterone, the male sex hormone. By blocking this enzyme, abiraterone can slow down the growth of prostate cancers and reduce its size.

Abiraterone is usually taken as a tablet once a day. The usual dosage is two to four tablets a day. When taking, you should swallow it with a glass of water, preferably on an empty stomach. This tablet should be taken one hour before consuming food or at least two hours after eating. This drug is often prescribed with a steroid drug known as prednisolone to decrease the risk for side effects.

This drug is used in the following condition:

  • Metastatic and castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Do not use this drug to people with the following conditions:

  • Severe hepatic impairment
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation

Side Effects

These side effects are common, but if they get worse, medical attention is required:

  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Hot flushes
  • Colds
  • Heartburn

These side effects are serious. Consult a doctor for treatment if these serious side effects are felt:

  • Increased urination
  • Painful discharge of urine
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Muscle cramps
  • Leg pain
  • Swelling in legs/feet
  • Bone fractures


Below are some side effects that are more serious and need immediate medical attention:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Nonstop vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes
  • Dark urine

High blood pressure can occur while taking this medication. If your blood pressure stays high, call your doctor for some additional treatment.


There are factors that you should consider before taking the medication:

  • Allergies
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver problems

Laboratory tests are required while taking the medicine to monitor its effects on the body.

If you think you have used Abiraterone more than the usual dosage, please seek medical help immediately.


Available Brands:

  • Zytiga

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