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How Abiraterone Copay Assistance Works
1 – Check Your Coverage/Benefits Verification
Our team of expert billers finds the best avenues of coverage that minimize out-of-pocket costs.
2 – Transfer Prescription to AmeriPharma
We process your prescription by working with your previous pharmacy or prescriber, making the transition quick and easy.
3 – Prior Authorization
Our team of specialists obtains approval from your insurance companies within 24 to 72 hours.
4 – Copay Assistance & Financial Aid
We secure financial aid and decrease copays, out-of-pocket expenses, and high deductibles. To date, AmeriPharma Specialty Care has secured $55 million in financial assistance for our patients.
5 – Nursing Care Coordination
AmeriPharma puts your schedule and home environment first when scheduling and coordinating one of our specialized nurses for your in-home infusions.
6 – Delivery Coordination
Medications are always delivered in strict compliance with the specific requirements for immune globulin shipping. Next-day and overnight cold-chain deliveries are coordinated around your schedule.
What Is Abiraterone?
Abiraterone Acetate is also known by the brand names Zytiga and Yonsa. It is an antineoplastic (anti-cancer) drug that belongs to a class called antiandrogen therapy.
Abiraterone is a type of chemotherapy that prevents cancer cells from multiplying and restricts their growth.
What Is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment in which certain drugs are used to kill cancerous cells. These drugs are usually cytotoxic chemical substances that are toxic to the cells, restrict their growth, prevent their division, and ultimately kill the cells.
How Is Abiraterone Used?
Abiraterone has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for males to treat many different types of prostate cancer. It can be prescribed alone or with other medications simultaneously.
Abiraterone is only available as oral uncoated, film-coated, or micronized tablets. The formulations are not interchangeable; do not substitute between formulations. Abiraterone is available in three different doses: 125 mg, 250 mg, and 500 mg.
- Zytiga 250 mg tablets are produced in film-coated and uncoated tablets.
- Zytiga 500 mg tablets are film-coated.
- Yonsa is a micronized (fine particle) formulation, available in 125 mg dose only.
- Generic formulations are available in 250 mg and 500 mg doses.
Copay and Financial Assistance
AmeriPharma Specialty Care alleviates financial burdens for patients and their families
Advanced software locates funding sources to match you with top-dollar foundation programs
One of our copay assistance specialists will assist with the application process
Automatic updates will be sent to you and your physician on the status of the funding
Abiraterone Side Effects
Serious side effects include:
- Adrenocortical insufficiency (AI)
- Liver complications
- Cardiac complications
- Low blood sugar
Other common side effects include:
- Muscle, joint pain, or swelling
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Upset stomach
- Nose or throat irritation
- Trouble sleeping
Directions for Use
Abiraterone is typically dosed at 500 mg or 1000 mg once a day. The dose may be lowered with impaired liver function. Most of the time, it is prescribed in combination with a corticosteroid therapy like prednisone or methylprednisone. Verify the correct doses and frequencies with your provider. The dose should not be more or less than what is prescribed. Since different formulations of abiraterone acetate have varying food and dosing requirements, ensure the correct formulation is selected.
Swallow tablets whole with water; do not break, crush, chew, or allow the tablets to be dissolved in your mouth. If tablets are broken or damaged, avoid inhalation or contact with the skin or mucous membranes. Zytiga must be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Yonsa, on the other hand, may be administered with or without food.
This medicine needs to be administered on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your normal dose the next day. If you miss more than one dose, contact your doctor right away. Do not administer double doses to make up for a missed dose.
Store tablets in their original containers in a cool, dry place at room temperature and ensure the bottle is tightly closed.