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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 (CRPC) and metastatic high-risk castration-sensitive prostate cancer (CSPC).


Take on empty stomach. Swallow whole with water. 1g once daily (in combination with oral prednisone 5mg twice daily [CRPC] or 5mg once daily [CSPC]). Also give concurrent GnRH analog or patient should have had bilateral orchiectomy. Baseline moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class B): 250mg once daily; monitor closely; discontinue if ALT/AST >5xULN or total bilirubin >3xULN. 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.




Risk of mineralocorticoid excess; monitor BP, serum potassium, fluid retention at least monthly. Control hypertension and correct hypokalemia before and during treatment. Heart failure, recent MI, cardiovascular disease, ventricular arrhythmias; monitor closely. Monitor for adrenocortical insufficiency. Stress (may need higher corticosteroid dose). Monitor LFTs prior to starting treatment, every 2 weeks for the first 3 months, and monthly thereafter. Baseline moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class B): monitor LFTs prior to initiation, weekly for the first month, every 2 weeks for the next 2 months, and monthly thereafter. Interrupt and reduce dose if hepatotoxicity (ALT/AST >5xULN or total bilirubin >3xULN) occurs; see full labeling. Permanently discontinue if concurrent ALT elevation >3xULN and total bilirubin >2xULN develops without biliary obstruction or other causes of elevation. Baseline severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C): not recommended. Males with female partners of reproductive potential must use effective contraception during therapy and for 3 weeks after last dose. Nursing mothers: not for use in women.

Pharmacological Class:

CYP17 inhibitor.


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

Adverse Reactions:

Fatigue, arthralgia, hypertension, nausea, edema, hypokalemia, hot flush, diarrhea, vomiting, upper respiratory infection, cough, headache, anemia, elevated LFTs, dyslipidemia, lymphopenia, hyperglycemia; 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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