Triptorelin injection is used to treat the symptoms associated with advanced prostate cancer. Triptorelin injection is in a class of medications called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists. It works by decreasing the amount of certain hormones in the body.
Triptorelin injection comes as a powder to be mixed with sterile water and injected into the muscle of either buttock by a doctor or nurse in a medical office or clinic. An injection of 3.75 mg of triptorelin is usually given every 4 weeks. An injection of 11.25 mg of triptorelin is usually given every 12 weeks. An injection of 22.5 mg of triptorelin is usually given every 24 weeks.
Triptorelin may cause an increase in certain hormones in the first few weeks after injection. Your doctor will monitor you carefully for any new or worsening symptoms during this time.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
If you miss an appointment to receive an injection of triptorelin, you should call your healthcare provider right away to reschedule your appointment.
hot flashes (a sudden wave of mild or intense body heat)
decreased sexual ability or desire
leg or joint pain
pain, itching, swelling, or redness at the place where injection was given
difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
difficulty breathing or swallowing
pain in the arms, back, neck, or jaw
slow or difficult speech
dizziness or fainting
weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
not able to move legs
swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or legs
painful or difficult urination
blood in urine
breath that smells fruity
Triptorelin injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your body's response to triptorelin injection. Your blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) should be checked regularly.
Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about triptorelin injection.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Last Revised - 09/15/2011
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