Generic Name: degarelix (DEG a REL ix)
Brand Name: Firmagon
Medically reviewed on September 29, 2017
What is degarelix?
Degarelix is used to treat prostate cancer.
Degarelix may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Although degarelix is not for use by women, this medication should not be used by a woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding, or who may become pregnant.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use degarelix if you are allergic to it.
To make sure degarelix is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
heart disease, heart rhythm disorder;
a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome;
liver or kidney disease; or
an electrolyte imbalance, such as low or high levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood.
Although degarelix is not for use by women, this medicine can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy. Degarelix should not be used by a woman who is pregnant.
It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Degarelix should not be used by a woman who is breast-feeding a baby.
How is degarelix given?
Degarelix is injected under the skin around your stomach. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.
Degarelix is usually given once every 28 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.
The first time you receive degarelix, you will be given two injections. At your monthly follow-up visits you will receive only one injection.
While using degarelix, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your degarelix injection.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while receiving degarelix?
On the day of your injection, avoid wearing a belt, tight waistband, or tight clothing around your stomach where the injection will be given.
This medicine can pass into body fluids (urine, feces, vomit). For at least 48 hours after you receive a dose, avoid allowing your body fluids to come into contact with your hands or other surfaces. Caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up a patient's body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers. Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.
Degarelix side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
pain or burning when you urinate;
shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain; or
Common side effects may include:
chills or hot flashes;
abnormal liver function tests;
joint pain, back pain;
increased blood pressure;
impotence, loss of interest in sex, trouble having an orgasm; or
pain, swelling, redness, or a hard lump where the medicine was injected.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect degarelix?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with degarelix, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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