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Abiraterone Acetate Drug Information
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Abiraterone Acetate Overview
Abiraterone Acetate 250mg is used to treat prostate cancer. Abiraterone belongs to a class of drugs known as anti-androgens (anti-testosterone). Testosterone, a natural hormone, helps prostate cancer to grow and spread. Abiraterone works by blocking the production of testosterone, thereby slowing the growth and spread of prostate cancer. Abiraterone Acetate 250mg should not be given to women or children.
How to Use Abiraterone Acetate
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking abiraterone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Different brands of Abiraterone Acetate 250mg may have different dosing directions. Do not change brands of Abiraterone Acetate 250mg without your doctor's direction. Take Abiraterone Acetate 250mg by mouth on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food) as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Taking abiraterone with food greatly increases the amount of Abiraterone Acetate 250mg in your body and increases the risk of side effects. Swallow whole. Do not crush or chew before swallowing. Pregnant women should wear gloves if handling the tablets. If the tablet is crushed or broken, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle it or breathe the dust from it (see also Precautions section). The Dosage of Abiraterone Acetate 250mg is based on your medical condition, lab results, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Use Abiraterone Acetate 250mg regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not stop any medications for your prostate cancer unless told to do so by your doctor. Stopping your medications could allow the cancer to spread more rapidly. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens (such as urination becomes more difficult, bone pain increases).
Abiraterone Acetate Precautions
Before taking abiraterone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Abiraterone Acetate 250mg may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Abiraterone Acetate 250mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,previous heart attack, high blood pressure, liver problems. Abiraterone may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using abiraterone,certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death). Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using abiraterone safely. Using corticosteroid medications for a long time along with abiraterone can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Abiraterone Acetate 250mg or have used Abiraterone Acetate 250mg within the past 12 months. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual/extreme tiredness or weight loss. If you will be using Abiraterone Acetate 250mg for a long time, carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your use of Abiraterone Acetate 250mg. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Abiraterone Acetate 250mg, especially QT prolongation (see above). Abiraterone Acetate 250mg should not be used in women, especially during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It may harm an unborn or breast-feeding baby. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should avoid touching or accidentally taking Abiraterone Acetate 250mg. Consult your doctor for more details. Because it is unknown if abiraterone passes into semen, men who use Abiraterone Acetate 250mg and have sex with pregnant women must use a latex condom during all sexual contact, even if they have had a vasectomy. Men who use Abiraterone Acetate 250mg and have sex with women of child-bearing age should use a latex condom and another reliable form of birth control (such as diaphragm with spermicide) during all sexual contact. Continue using reliable form(s) of birth control as directed until 3 weeks after abiraterone treatment has been stopped.
Abiraterone Acetate Misdose
If you miss a dose of Abiraterone Acetate 250mg, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up. If you miss more than one dose, talk to your doctor right away.
Abiraterone Acetate Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Other medications can affect the removal of abiraterone from your body, which may affect how abiraterone works. Examples include rifamycins (such as rifabutin), drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, primidone), St. John's wort, among others.
Abiraterone Acetate Side Effects
What are Abiraterone Acetate side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Abiraterone Acetate may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Abiraterone Acetate as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Abiraterone Acetate
The side effects of Abiraterone Acetate may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Abiraterone Acetate. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Abiraterone Acetate may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Abiraterone Acetate, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Abiraterone Acetate.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Abiraterone Acetate, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Abiraterone Acetate and the side effects associated with Abiraterone Acetate are described in the following:
Common Abiraterone Acetate Side Effects
- cardiac arrhythmia
- accidental fall
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- urinary tract infection
- increased urinary frequency
- upper respiratory infection
- skin rash
- headache disorder
Less Frequent Abiraterone Acetate Side Effects
- increased alanine transaminase
- increased aspartate transaminase
- atrial fibrillation
- chest pain
Rare or Very Rare Abiraterone Acetate Side Effects
- adrenal cortical insufficiency
- heart failure
- body fluid retention
- interstitial pneumonitis
- myocardial ischemia
- acute myocardial infarction
- acute hepatic failure
Abiraterone Acetate Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Abiraterone Acetate 250mg when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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