leuprolide 4 month (30 mg) - subcutaneous injection, Eligard (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medication is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously), usually once every 4 months or as directed by your doctor. This product slowly releases the medication into your blood over a 4-month period.If you are directed to inject this medication yourself, learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Remove the product from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. Wash your hands and properly mix the medication. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Clean the injection site with an alcohol swab. Change the location of the injection site each time to avoid problem areas under the skin. Give each dose within 30 minutes of mixing. If more than 30 minutes have passed since mixing, throw out the product and prepare another syringe/dose.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive the next dose.
SIDE EFFECTS: Hot flashes (flushing), increased sweating, night sweats, tiredness, swelling of the ankles/feet, increased urination at night, dizziness, or mild burning/pain/bruising at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Infrequently, shrinking of the testicles, breast tenderness/swelling, and reduced sexual interest/ability may also occur as a result of lowered testosterone levels. Talk to your doctor if these effects occur.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.During the first few weeks of treatment, your level of testosterone will actually increase before it decreases. This is a normal response by your body to this drug. This may sometimes result in new or worsening symptoms for a few weeks. If you have prostate cancer that has spread to the spine or 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, unusual weakness, inability to move.Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: new/worsening bone pain, easily broken bones, increased thirst/urination, mental/mood changes (such as depression, thoughts of suicide, mood swings, aggression in children).Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest/jaw/left arm pain, irregular heartbeat, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, seizures.Rarely, a very serious problem with your pituitary gland (pituitary apoplexy) may occur, usually in the first hour to 2 weeks after your first injection. Get medical help right away if any of these very serious side effects occur: sudden severe headache, sudden severe mental/mood changes (e.g., severe confusion, difficulty concentrating), vision changes, severe 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.
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