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Abiraterone Acetate

INFORMATION

Uses

Abiraterone Acetate is used in the treatment of prostate cancer.

How it works

Abiraterone acetate belongs to a class drugs known as antiandrogens. It stops the body from making testosterone which can slow the growth of prostate cancer.

Common side effects

Anemia, Joint pain, Joint swelling, Cough, Shortness of breath, Hot flashes, Increased cholesterol level in blood, Increased glucose level in blood, Increased triglyceride level in blood, Decreased potassium level in blood, Increased blood pressure, Urinary tract infection, Weakness, Vomiting, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

  • Abiraterone acetate must be taken at least one hour before or two hours after eating and never with food.
  • Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing abiraterone acetate tablets.
  • Men who take abiraterone acetate should always use effective birth control measure when having physical relationship with a woman who is or may become pregnant.
  • Contact your doctor if you experience any bone pain. An increased occurrence of bone fractures has been reported in patients using abiraterone acetate.
  • Before you take abiraterone acetate tell your doctor if you have high blood sugar, swelling in the feet, ankles, or legs or any effects on your bones or have taken a medicine known as ketoconazole in the past for prostate cancer.
  • You must inform your doctor or dentist that you take abiraterone acetate before receiving any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.

Frequently asked questions

Abiraterone Acetate

Q.What is abiraterone acetate?
Abiraterone acetate is used in adult men to treat prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body

Q.How does abiraterone acetate work?
Abiraterone acetate stops the body from making testosterone which can slow the growth of prostate cancer.


Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)