Abiraterone, Submicronized

Pronounced

"A-bir-A-ter-one"

Uses

This medication is used in combination with other medications (including a corticosteroid) to treat men with prostate cancer that has spread to other areas of the body. Abiraterone belongs to a class of drugs known as anti-androgens (anti-testosterone). Testosterone, a natural hormone, helps prostate cancer to grow and spread. Abiraterone works by blocking the production of testosterone, which helps slow down the growth and spread of prostate cancer.

This medication should not be used by women or children.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking abiraterone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Different brands of this medication may have different dosing directions. Do not change brands of this medication without your doctor's direction.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Swallow this medication whole with water. Do not crush or chew the tablets.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, lab results, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

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 increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of serious side effects will increase.

Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse (such as urination becomes more difficult, bone pain increases).

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.

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