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Abiraterone Acetate

(A-bih-RA-the-rone A-seh-tayt)




Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga®) is used in combination with prednisone to treat men with prostate cancer.

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ShowAll Page1ABIRATERONE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — abiraterone acetate (A-bih-RA-the-rone A-seh-tayt) Brand name — Zytiga® (zye-Tee-ga) Approved uses Abiraterone acetate is used in combination with prednisone to treat men with prostate cancer. Dose and schedule Taking abiraterone acetate as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. o Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of abiraterone acetate is 1,000 milligrams (1,000 mg) to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time once a day. o Abiraterone acetate must be taken without food (at least one hour before or two hours after a meal or snack) at the same time each day. o Abiraterone acetate should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow abiraterone acetate, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. o Prednisone is recommended to be dosed at 5 mg by mouth twice daily, with food. For example, if you take prednisone with your breakfast at 8 am, you may want to take abiraterone at 7 am or one hour before breakfast on an empty stomach. o If you miss a dose of abiraterone acetate or prednisone, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle abiraterone acetate with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. o Store abiraterone acetate at room temperature (68°F–77°F) in a dry location away from light. o Keep abiraterone acetate out of reach of children and pets. o Leave abiraterone acetate in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. o Whenever possible, give abiraterone acetate to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give abiraterone acetate to you, they also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. (Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself.) 3. Gently transfer the abiraterone acetate from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. ABIRATERONE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 o If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, a separate one should be used for abiraterone acetate. Do not mix other medications into the box with abiraterone acetate. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves. (Gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder.) When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. o If you have any unused abiraterone acetate, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of abiraterone acetate. o If you are traveling, put your abiraterone acetate in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Abiraterone acetate remains in your body for several days after it is taken, so some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take abiraterone acetate, it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This will keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. o Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. o Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low-flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. o If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. o If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. o Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or abiraterone acetate with soap and water. o Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. o Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions o Abiraterone acetate has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over-thecounter medications, vitamins, and herbal products that you are taking. o Abiraterone acetate should be taken without food. o Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with abiraterone acetate; avoid eating or drinking these during treatment with abiraterone acetate. o Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. ABIRATERONE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Abiraterone Acetate The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking abiraterone acetate are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Changes in electrolytes and other laboratory values High trigylceride levels Low glucose levels Low sodium levels Changes in some lab values may occur and will be monitored by a simple blood test. You may not feel any symptoms if the changes are mild, and they usually are not a sign of a serious problem. More severe changes may occur, which can be a sign of a serious problem. Notify your care provider if you have any of the following: Shortness of breath Chest discomfort Weakness or fatigue New aches and pains Headaches Dizziness Swelling of your legs or feet Red- or brown-colored urine Changes in liver function Your liver function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test. Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes Dark or brown urine Unusual bleeding or bruising Fatigue You may be more tired than usual or have less energy. Stay as active as possible, but know it is okay to rest as needed, too. Try to do some activity every day. Plan your activities and do them at a time of day when you feel a bit more energetic. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Continued on the next page ABIRATERONE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: (INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO) Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception o Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking abiraterone acetate. Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of one week after the last dose of abiraterone acetate. o Inform your care provider if you become pregnant. o It is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on abiraterone acetate, and you are encouraged to ask your care provider. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your abiraterone acetate (PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO) Additional resources Product website: Product prescribing information: Product resources: Updated – August 20, 2017 Possible Side Effect Management Decreased white blood cells (WBCs) and increased risk for infection Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your WBCs are low, you are at a greater risk of having an infection. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Avoid crowds and people with fevers, flu, or other infection. Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene. Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection such as: Fever (temperature more than 100.4°F or 38°C) Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. ABIRATERONE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education (OCE) sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved. Additional instructions

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