Zytiga, a prostate cancer medication, is more effective when taken with food.
It has to be taken with prednisone to minimize the risk of side effects affecting the digestive system. However, it is currently the standard medicine for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
However, with the recommended 1-month dose of Zytiga coming in at $8,000–$11,000, it is an expensive drug. Many people with prostate cancer take Zytiga for 2–3 years, so the costs associated with their treatment can run into hundreds of thousands.
Currently, it is recommended that people take four 250-milligram Zytiga pills when they wake up, but that they should not eat any food overnight or eat breakfast for at least 1 hour after taking the medicine.
According to study co-author Russell Szmuletwitz, who is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, IL, “[T]his schedule is not only inconvenient for patients, it’s also wasteful, in several ways.”
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