Where is Abiraterone Acetate used?
Abiraterone Acetate is a prescription used to treat prostate cancer. This is in the group of drugs known as anti-testosterone or anti-androgens. As a natural hormone, testosterone helps prostate cancer to develop and spread. This medicine blocks the production of testosterone and slows the growth and spread of prostate cancer.
How does Abiraterone Acetate work?
Abiraterone Acetate works by stopping the body from creating a hormone called testosterone. It is different from other varieties of hormone treatment. In several men, this type of cancer cell can’t develop without testosterone even though it has already spread to other parts of the body. Using this treatment helps some men live longer. It can also help delay or treat symptoms such as tenderness and pain.
How is Abiraterone Acetate taken?
Abiraterone Acetate is usually taken once a day or as directed by your doctor. Each dose of Abiraterone Acetate may be taken on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after or 1 hour before food. The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to the treatment. Taking this medication with food critically increases the quantity of the drug in your body and might also increase the risk of certain side effects.
You need to swallow the whole medicine and don’t chew or break it. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not stop any prescription that has been given for the treatment of prostate cancer unless your doctor tells you to do so. Stopping the medication will allow cancer to spread more quickly. If you missed taking a dose, call your doctor for instructions. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
What are the precautions in taking Abiraterone Acetate?
- Abiraterone Acetate is not recommended to be taken by people with glucose-galactose malabsorption or rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance.
- This is not recommended for use in men and women with severely decreased liver function.
- Your blood pressure and the level of potassium in your blood should also be checked every month. You should tell your doctor if you have any signs of fluid retention.
- Pregnant women or planning to become pregnant must wear gloves if they need to handle or touch Abiraterone Acetate.
- Abiraterone Acetate might cause problems in your liver. Consequently, your doctor will recommend you to have blood tests to observe the function of your liver.
- Use this with caution in people with severely decreased kidney function, or high blood pressure. For people with a history of heart disease, with a low level of potassium in their blood, and on a low sodium diet, this medication should also be used with caution.
- This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Inform your doctor if you have experienced such an allergy before. If you have experienced an allergic reaction to this medicine, inform your doctor right away and stop taking the drug.