User Reviews for Zytiga
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For Prostate Cancer: “My birthdate 17.09.1944 Diagnosed with Metastasic Prostate Cancer Stage 4 since February 2015. I started taking Zytiga 4 pills of 250 mg once a day followed by twice daily of Prednisone 5 mg. These pills are taken in an empty stomach around 10.00 AM every day. After first four weeks PSA dropped from 101 to 5.8 and after 8 weeks of initial date PSA dropped to 0.66. Today I feel very healthy exactly three years with the greatest consideration for Abiraterone Acetate. Very powerful chemo drug.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Diagnosed with Gleason 10 (90% of gland) in 2011. Recurrence after XRT/Implant in 2017 with another biopsy identical to the first. Unsuccessful cryosurgery followed by rapid PSA elevation to 163 with (+) nodes found on CT scan. Started LHRH-agonist plus Zytiga. After four months, by PSA has dropped to 0.3......good stuff......”
For Prostate Cancer: “Fighting prostate cancer for 11 years. After proctectomy 11 years ago, and radiation two years ago, cancer won't go away. Started on Lupron shots, Zytiga and Prednisone six weeks ago. PSA dropped a bit from 3.6 to 1.6 as of a couple of weeks ago. Only side effect is severe hot flashes especially in the evenings. Hoping it would subside at some point.”
For Prostate Cancer: “On Zytiga for 6 months no side effects so far PSA went from 27 to 3 and most of all I feel so much better than I have for past 2 years. Now I have energy to get out and work and I am slowly losing weight, my blood sugar has trended slightly down as well.”
For Prostate Cancer: “I was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in March of 2017. My PSA was at 23. After taking 6 chemo treatments and hormone shots my PSA went to .05. It gradually went up slightly to .27 and that’s when I went on zytiga. That was in January of 2019 and my psa immediately went to less than .03. After nearly 12 months my psa is holding steady at< .03. All with no side effects! it’s working for me!”
For Prostate Cancer: “Between zytiga and hormone injections, the spread of my cancer has slowed right down to almost no growth at all. I do have a lot of side effects with it especially chills, hot flashes, some joint pain and weight gain. overall it's worked quite well”
For Prostate Cancer: “How do you pay for the Zytiga? My co-pays are $2500. a month. I've tried to get help and so has my Doctor but because my wife and I both work we can't get any help. I have decided to go off the Zytiga and let nature take its course. I don't want to deplete our savings for a few months of additional life. Stage 4, metastasized to my bones. I had surgery 4 years ago. Age 71”
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For Prostate Cancer: “Have taken Zytiga for a year now, one pill each morning with light breakfast since I have difficulty swallowing pill with just water. PSA has dropped from 32 to 4 and has stayed there over the year, only side effect is slight diarrhea.”
For Prostate Cancer: “I am 69. Was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 months ago with PSA of 68%. I had the MRI which showed that the cancer had metastasised. Oncologist recommended Zytiga but, where I live (Hong Kong) it costs about HK$30,000 per month. Can't afford that. A medical friend suggested I try India. I did a lot of research and asked friends in India for recommendations and found a supplier at a good price for the generic. I have been taking the generic (Arbiterone - 4x250 micrograms +2 tabs of Predisnone per day) for the last six months. Within two months my PSA was down to 9% and was still at that level three months ago. Side effects – hot flashes, night sweating, and weight-gain. Urologist suggested Clonidine for the hot flashes – worked really well. I see my doctor again in three weeks' time. He is looking into Olaparib (also called Lynparza) and Ivermectin for me.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Diagnosed 5 months ago with Prostate Cancer, Stage 4, with Gleason 10, bone Mets almost everywhere. Had radiation to save femur neck and hip involvement. 10 treatments with lupron every 3 months and daily Zytiga and prednisone since diagnosis, I went from a psa 60 to .01. All other numbers thankfully good as well. Side effects have been somewhat cumulative: manageable fatigue, muscle loss and 14 lb weight gain around my waist. Through it all I walk about 30-35 hilly extra miles per week, and lift light to medium weights 2-3 days per week. 74 yrs old. Biggest challenge is maintaining muscle strength and combatting malaise. Weight work is absolutely essential for me. I try hard to stay focussed and not take a nap til the afternoon. Then a cup of tea and find a chore. Helps fight depression by accomplishing some little thing. All in all, Zytiga a miracle drug for me.”
For Prostate Cancer: “My dad is 83 years old. He's been through Casodex and Tabi...fighting prostate cancer for nearly 19 years now. Bone metastases already started 3-4 months back. 2 months ago, started Zytiga 4 tabs with Prednisone. So far PSA is going up from 22 to 185 now. Doctor is advising to continue for another 30 days before giving up. Side effects (not sure ) include frequent nausea/vomiting. However, the pain on the back has been reduced.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Began Zytiga with Prednisone 4/23/14 when considered hormone resistant. Highest PSA 4/1/14: 214. Lowest PSA 3/30/15 6.0. Most recent PSA 5/4/15 8.6. Added Metformin 3/3/15. Also Lupron every three months and Xgeva monthly. Very few side effects.”
For Prostate Cancer: “(My 1st message on May 31,2020 Just started taking Zytiga and Prednisone today 5/30/2020 ,my prostate cancer spread on my bones , My PSA 13.6... in a month I will have a Lab work and Doctor follow up, we will see ) ................... As of today July 31st ... my PSA down 0.05 ml ”I've been given infusion shot to protect my bones for any fracture , I had experience hot flash 2 times a day , twice a week last 5 seconds , last for 2 weeks, up to date, not happen yet, had nausea , a week ago 2 times , taking medication to stop, my Oncologist recommended, to take a lot of protein and exercise , as to help for taking Xytiga, am always pray, it will continue to get low PSA test result...we'll see”
For Prostate Cancer: “I have had lots of energy and felt good until recently. My PSA initially went from 66 to 0.1, after 20 months it has started to rise, now it is 0.8 The medicine was easy to take. I did have a decrease in bone thickness. My bones have now shown and increase in mets.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Started on Xtandi with 4 pills. After 6 months, broke out into rashes and had trouble standing at the knees due to Xtandi. Now on Zytiga for 3 months. Had dry skin around neck and hands. Took skin cream which knocked down the dry skin. Starting to have knee problems again. Xtandi and Zytiga both weaken your bones. PSA dropped from 17 to 3.7. Had Prostate Cancer for about 13 years.”
For Prostate Cancer: “My husband was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer nearly 2 yrs ago. It had spread to his pelvis and lower back. He is on hormone injection monthly, 500mg Zytiga and 5 mg prednisone daily. His PSA levels dropped from 48 to 0 since starting medication to date. Main side effects are hot flashes and weight gain which really bothers him but medication definitely working.”
For Prostate Cancer: “My dad has been taking zytiga for 6 weeks, PSA went from 31 to 37.8 in this period. I hope it will start to decrease soon! He's treating prostate cancer for 10 years, bone mets since 2013. No side effects from zytiga so far.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Started taking 1000mg of Zytiga almost 3 weeks ago but having difficulty with weakness and pain in legs; it got so bad I was unable to walk. I was also extremely tired, but not sure if that is from Zytiga or morphine I need to take also. My prostate cancer found in Feb 2011, Gleason score 9/10; prostate removed May 2011; radiation in 2014, then tumor found in 2018. Started Lupron in 2019. My PSA score was never above 4.0 even prior to surgery when it was in 75% of prostate and had spread outside my prostate in several places. Hoping to switch to another medication that has fewer side effects for me. I am only 65.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer in June 2019. My PSA was 918. By the time I got a biopsy it was 1412. After 26 months of 4x 250mg zytiga generic + 5 mg prednisone once daily my PSA is 0.1. It's been 0.1 and holding for 6 mo now. It has worked better than I could have dreamed so far. Only time will tell if I become resistant or not. So far I've had an excellent A++ response. My energy level is diminished but functional. Exercise helps greatly for stamina. No notable side effects except for the immuno suppression from the prednisone had caused me some minor skin problems I never had before.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Had PSA of 70, and Gleason score of 9 January 2021. After Lupron for 9 months, 4 tablets of Zytiga each morning for 4 months ( and Prednisone) , my PSA was 0.6 in December. MRI January 3,2022 “ found no evidence of metastatic disease.” Seems a miracle. I also went on a rigorous “ anti prostate diet” since July.”
For Prostate Cancer: “Severe joint pain after 2 weeks so far. Moves between shoulders, elbows, hips knees. lasting 2-minutes per joint then moving to the next. Tylenol 650 x3 helps but thats over max is taken twice daily. Here's got to be something better!!!”
For Prostate Cancer: “I was on Zytiga for three months and developed heart problems. I have AFIB now and can't function as well as I used to. I had good blood pressure and pulse for years (125/85 and 65 bpm) without any medication. Now my blood pressure goes up to 170/110 and 140 bpm. The cardiologists are having a hard time getting that straight. An echocardiogram shows my heart looks good, but the electrical system has been compromised. Once my AFIB was discovered my Oncologist immediately gat me off Zytiga, but the damage has been done. I wish I would never have heard of this drug. There is a 7% chance you can end up like me with cancer and a bad heart.”
For Prostate Cancer: “PSA 28 to 4 in one week. Fatigue only side effect. Prednisone effect- no pain in bad knee(which has nothing to do with prostate cancer).”
For Prostate Cancer: “I've been on Zytiga for 5 years now. It's working great for me.”
For Prostate Cancer: “On zitiga since 6/16. Psa dropped from 49 to 0. 01 only side effect is fatigue. Maybe at 91 I should expect fatigue.”
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