triptorelin long-acting suspension - injection, Trelstar LA (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into the buttocks by a health care professional. Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is usually injected every 12 weeks or as directed by your doctor. Follow the dosing schedule carefully to get the most benefit from the drug. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive the next dose. Do not stop this medication without your doctor's approval.This medication should be mixed only with sterile water for injection. Shake the vial well after mixing.The medication should appear milky after mixing. Before using, check this product visually for unusual particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.After mixing, use the medication right away. Do not save for later use.Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site with each dose to avoid problem areas in the muscle.During the first few weeks of treatment, your hormone levels will actually increase before they decrease. This is a normal response by your body to this drug. This effect may result in new symptoms or worsening of symptoms (e.g., bone pain, tumor size) for the first few weeks.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after the first month.
SIDE EFFECTS: Hot flashes (flushing), pain at injection site, dizziness, nausea, headache, loss of appetite, bone/joint pain, decreased sexual interest/ability, or trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, 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: breast pain/swelling, swelling of ankles/feet, eye irritation/pain.Rarely, a very 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. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these very serious side effects occur: sudden severe headache, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), vision changes, vomiting, fainting.A rare but very serious urinary blockage problem or spinal cord problem (compression) can occur, especially during the first month of treatment. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects: severe back pain, numbness/tingling/weakness of the arms/legs, inability to move, painful/difficult urination, blood in the urine.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention 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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