Generic name: Abiraterone acetate

Zytiga® is the trade name for the generic drug abiraterone acetate. In some cases, health care professionals may use the generic name abiraterone acetate when referring to the trade name Zytiga®.

Drug type:
Zytiga® is a type of hormone therapy. This medication is classified as an “adrenal inhibitor”. (For more detail, see “How Zytiga® Works” below)

What this drug is used for:

  • Zytiga® is indicated for use in combination with prednisone for the treatment of men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have already received prior chemotherapy containing docetaxel.

Note: If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful.

How this drug is given:

  • Zytiga® is a pill, taken by mouth. It is taken once a day.
  • It must be taken on an empty stomach [2 hours after a meal, or one hour before]
  • It should be taken at approximately the same time each day.
  • Prednisone [10mg daily] should be taken along with Zytiga®.
  • The amount of Zytiga® you receive depends on many factors. Your doctor will determine your dose and schedule

Side effects:
Important things to remember about the side effects of Zytiga®:

  • Most people will not experience all of the Zytiga® side effects listed.
  • Zytiga® side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset, duration, and severity.
  • Zytiga® side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after therapy is complete.
  • Zytiga® side effects may be quite manageable. There are many options to minimize or prevent the side effects of Zytiga®.