triptorelin 3 month (11.25 mg) - injection, Trelstar
Triptorelin powder is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men. It is not a cure. Most types of prostate cancer need the male hormone testosterone to grow and spread. Triptorelin works by reducing the amount of testosterone that the body makes. This effect helps slow or stop the growth of cancer cells and helps relieve symptoms such as painful/difficult urination. This medication is similar to a natural substance made by the body (luteinizing hormone releasing hormone-LHRH). Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of treatment.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to treat a certain disorder of the uterus (endometriosis). In women, triptorelin reduces the amount of estrogen that the body makes. Triptorelin may also be used to stop early puberty in children.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given as an injection into the muscle of your buttocks by a health care professional, usually once every 3 months (12 weeks) or as directed by your doctor.Follow the dosing schedule carefully to get the most benefit from this drug. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of your next dose.During the first few weeks of treatment, your testosterone level will actually increase before it decreases. This is a normal response by your body to this drug. This effect may result in new or worsening symptoms for the first few weeks. If you have prostate cancer that has spread to the spine or that has caused urinary blockage, you may require closer monitoring by your doctor, especially when you first start treatment. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects: bone pain, numbness/tingling/weakness of the arms/legs, blood in the urine, painful/difficult urination.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also the How to Use section.Hot flashes (flushing), decreased sexual interest/ability, shrinking of the testicles, and breast tenderness/swelling may occur as a result of lowered testosterone levels. Dizziness and headache may also occur with this drug. If any of these effects bother you, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: bone/joint/unusual pain, easily broken bones, swelling of the ankles/feet, unusual weakness, inability to move (paralysis), increased thirst, unusual change in the amount of urine.Get medical help right away if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: chest/jaw/left arm pain, irregular heartbeat, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech.Rarely, a serious problem with your pituitary gland (pituitary apoplexy) may occur, usually in the first hour to 2 weeks after your first dose of this medication. Get medical help right away if any of these serious side effects occur: sudden severe headache, mental/mood changes (such as confusion), vision changes, vomiting, fainting.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.