Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Prostate cancer
Adult: Metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer: 1 g once daily, in combination w/ prednisone or prednisolone.
Hepatic Impairment
Moderate (Child-Pugh Class B): 250 mg once daily; permanently discontinue if ALT/AST reaches >5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) or total bilirubin >3 times ULN during treatment. Severe (Child-Pugh Class C): Contraindicated.
Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take at least 1 hr before or 2 hr after meals. Swallow whole, do not chew/crush.
Severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C). Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ ventricular arrhythmia, heart failure, recent MI, severe or unstable angina, DM, history of CV disease. Moderate hepatic and severe renal impairment.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Adrenocortical insufficiency, mineralocorticoid excess (often leads to fluid retention, hypokalaemia, HTN, and cardiac failure), hyperglycaemia, anaemia, myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, decreased bone density, sexual dysfunction.
Nervous: Fatigue.
CV: Angina pectoris, arrhythmias (e.g. AF, tachycardia), chest pain, oedema, hot flush.
GI: Diarrhoea, dyspepsia.
Resp: Upper resp tract infection, cough.
Hepatic: Increased transaminase and bilirubin levels.
Genitourinary: Nocturia, urinary frequency, UTI.
Endocrine: Hypertriglyceridaemia, hypophosphataemia.
Musculoskeletal: Muscular discomfort, joint swelling, fractures.
Immunologic: Sepsis.
Dermatologic: Rash.
Potentially Fatal: Hepatotoxicity (e.g. acute liver failure, fulminant hepatitis).
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP, serum K level, and fluid balance prior to and at least mthly during therapy; LFT prior to therapy, then 2 wkly on the 1st 3 mth, then mthly thereafter. Monitor signs and symptoms of adrenocorticoid insufficiency.
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of hypokalaemia w/ K-lowering drugs (e.g. thiazide diuretics). Risk of tumour progression w/ spironolactone. Decreased exposure w/ strong CYP3A4 inducers (e.g. rifampicin). Increased plasma concentration w/ potent CYP3A4 inhibitors e.g. ketoconazole. Increased risk of QT prolongation w/ antiarrhythmics (e.g. quinidine, amiodarone), antipsychotics, moxifloxacin, methadone. May increase exposure to drugs that are metabolised or activated by CYP2D6 (e. g. desipramine, venlafaxine, metoprolol), esp those w/ narrow therapeutic index.
Food Interaction
Increased absorption w/ food. Decreased absorption w/ St John’s wort. Increased plasma concentration w/ grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
Description: Abiraterone suppresses testosterone production through selective and irreversible inhibition of 17 α-hydroxylase/C17, 20-lyase (CYP17), an enzyme required for androgen biosynthesis in testicular, adrenal, and prostatic tumour tissues.
Absorption: Increased absorption w/ food. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 2 hr.
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: >99%, to albumin and α1-acid glycoprotein.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver via hydroxylation, oxidation, and sulfation by CYP3A4 and sulfotransferase (SULT2A1) enzymes, forming 2 major inactive metabolites, abiraterone sulfate and N-oxide abiraterone sulfate.
Excretion: Via faeces (88%) and urine (approx 5%). Terminal elimination half-life: Approx 15 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Abiraterone, CID=132971, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Abiraterone (accessed on Jan. 20, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Cancer Hormone Therapy
ATC Classification
L02BX03 - abiraterone ; Belongs to the class of other hormone antagonists and related agents. Used in the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
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