Zytiga (abiraterone) belongs to the class of medications called androgen biosynthesis inhibitors. Zytiga is used in combination with low doses of prednisone to treat metastatic prostate cancer when other treatments have failed. Abiraterone works by stopping your body from making testosterone which slows the growth and spread of prostate cancer.
Zytiga comes from Canada manufactured by Janssen-Ortho. The generic Zytiga also called Xibra comes from India manufactured by Cipla. Zytiga is available in the dosage of 250 mg and 500 mg tablets. The generic is available in the strength of 250 mg tablets only.
Zytiga Side Effects
The common side effects may include:
• Difficulty sleeping;
• Hot flushes;
• Joint pain or swelling;
• Muscle pain;
• Skin rash;
• Weight gain
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if have any of the following side effects such as:
• Abnormal heart rhythms;
• Blood in the urine;
• Chest pain;
• Fluid build-up;
• Increased cholesterol levels;
• Increased blood pressure;
• Shortness of breath;
• Signs of anemia;
• Signs of bleeding;
• Signs of a heart attack
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Zytiga if you are allergic to Abiraterone or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking the medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. Zytiga is not for use in women or children. Women who are pregnant or become pregnant should not touch Zytiga tablets if broken, crushed or damaged without protection, such as gloves. There may be a drug interaction between Zytiga and other medications such as Aliskiren, Alpha blockers, Amiodarone, anti-cancer medications, anti-psychotics, Atomoxetine, Carbamazepine, Carvedilol, Celecoxib, Clopidogrel, Colchicine, Losartan, Warfarin, etc.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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