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Drug Name:


Generic Name and Formulations:
Abiraterone acetate 250mg, 500mg; tabs.

Janssen Biotech, Inc.

Therapeutic Use:

Indications for ZYTIGA:

In combination with prednisone for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.


Take on empty stomach (no food ≥2hrs before or ≥1hr after administration). Swallow whole with water. 1g once daily (in combination with prednisone 5mg twice daily). Moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class B): 250mg once daily; monitor frequently. If hepatotoxicity occurs: interrupt, then restart at reduced dose; discontinue if severe (see full labeling). If concomitant strong CYP3A4 inducer necessary, increase abiraterone dose frequency to twice daily during co-administration period (eg, from 1g once daily to 1g twice daily); reduce back to previous dose/frequency when CYP3A4 inducer is discontinued.


Not established.


Pregnancy (Cat.X). Women who may become pregnant.


Risk of mineralocorticoid excess: patients with history of cardiovascular disease, LVEF <50%, Class II-IV heart failure, recent MI, ventricular arrhythmias. Monitor BP, serum potassium, and for fluid retention monthly. Control hypertension and correct hypokalemia before and during treatment. Monitor for adrenocortical insufficiency. Stress (may need higher corticosteroid dose). Baseline severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C); avoid. Monitor liver function (ALT/AST, bilirubin) prior to starting treatment, every 2 weeks for the first 3 months, and monthly thereafter; interrupt, reduce dose, or discontinue if hepatotoxicity occurs. Permanently discontinue if concurrent ALT elevation >3xULN and total bilirubin >2xULN develops without biliary obstruction or other causes of elevation. Nursing mothers: not recommended.


Antagonized by strong CYP3A4 inducers (eg, phenytoin, carbamazepine, rifampin, rifabutin, rifapentin, phenobarbital); avoid (see Adult). Avoid concomitant CYP2D6 substrates with narrow therapeutic index (eg, thioridazine); if no alternatives, use caution and consider dose reduction of substrate. Potentiates dextromethorphan. Concomitant CYP2C8 substrates: monitor closely for signs of toxicity.

Pharmacological Class:

CYP17 inhibitor.

Adverse Reactions:

Fatigue, joint swelling or discomfort, edema, hot flush, diarrhea, vomiting, cough, hypertension, dyspnea, UTI, contusion, anemia, elevated LFTs, dyslipidemia, lymphopenia, hyperglycemia, hypophosphatemia, hypokalemia; adrenocortical insufficiency, hepatotoxicity (may be severe).


Pregnant women and those of childbearing potential should not handle Zytiga tablets without protection (eg, gloves). Partners must use appropriate barrier contraception.


Hepatic; >99% protein bound.


Fecal (primarily), renal.

Generic Availability:


How Supplied:

Tabs 250mg—120; 500mg—60

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