Cetrotide

Generic Name: cetrorelix acetate (SE-troe-REL-ix AS-e-tate)
Brand Name: Cetrotide

Cetrotide is used for:

Delaying luteinizing hormone surges and ovulation in women undergoing fertility treatment.

Cetrotide is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist. It works by preventing ovulation from happening before an egg is mature.

Do NOT use Cetrotide if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Cetrotide, to certain hormones (extrinsic peptide hormones, GnRH, GnRH analogs), or to mannitol
  • you are pregnant, suspect that you may be pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • you have severe kidney problems

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Cetrotide:

Some medical conditions may interact with Cetrotide. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cetrotide. However, no specific interactions with Cetrotide are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Cetrotide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Cetrotide:

Use Cetrotide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Cetrotide. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Cetrotide is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Cetrotide at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Cetrotide. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Cetrotide if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Cetrotide, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cetrotide.

Important safety information:

  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) is a possibly life-threatening side effect that may be caused by the use of Cetrotide. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain, bloating, or swelling; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; decreased urination or dark urine; shortness of breath; or sudden weight gain.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Cetrotide if you are pregnant. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Cetrotide is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Cetrotide.

Possible side effects of Cetrotide:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild pain, swelling, redness, bruising, or itching at the injection site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine; decreased urination; diarrhea; dizziness; nausea; shortness of breath; stomach pain, bloating, or swelling; sudden weight gain; unusual cough; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Cetrotide:

Store Cetrotide at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Cetrotide out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Cetrotide, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Cetrotide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Cetrotide or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Cetrotide. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Cetrotide. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Cetrotide.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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