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Histrelin

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Supprelin® LA;Vantas®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Vantas®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat prostate cancer.
    • Histrelin slows prostate cancer growth by lowering testosterone levels.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • This drug is placed under the skin in the upper arm. This is minor surgery. Your doctor will do this.
    • Keep dry.
    • Avoid heavy lifting for 7 days after placement.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to histrelin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Use care if you have risks for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, high blood sugar (diabetes), cigarette smoking, man older than 40 years of age, other family members with early heart disease, woman after change of life). Talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • Disease signs may get worse before getting better.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have a bone density test. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • If you are a man and have sex, protect your partner from pregnancy. Use birth control that you can trust.

    Side Effects

    • Irritation where implant was placed.
    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • More bone pain, blood in urine, and trouble passing urine. Most often gets better 1 to 2 weeks after care has started.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Change in sex ability. This most often goes back to normal.
    • Weak bones with long-term use.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm.
    • More bone pain after 2 to 4 weeks of care.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • More trips to the bathroom, more thirst, or weight loss.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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