Treats advanced prostate cancer.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles.
- Missed dose: This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, bladder blockage, diabetes, heart or blood vessel disease, heart failure, or heart rhythm problems.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Heart rhythm problems (such as QT prolongation)
- Changes in blood sugar level
- Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
- Your symptoms may get worse for a few weeks when you begin to use this medicine. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Change in how much or how often you urinate, bloody or cloudy urine, difficult or painful urination
- Fast, slow, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
- Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Trouble breathing
- Weakness or loss of muscle control, especially in your legs or feet
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Bone, back, leg, or joint pain
- Decreased interest in sex, inability to have or maintain an erection
- Headache or dizziness
- Increased hunger or thirst
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the shot was given
- Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 12/4/2015
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