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Buserelin

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: Suprefact®;Suprefact® Depot

    Uses
    • It is used to treat endometriosis.
    • It is used to treat prostate cancer.
    • Buserelin slows prostate cancer growth by lowering testosterone levels.
    • It lowers hormone levels.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Nose:
    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use in your nose only. Keep out of your mouth and eyes (may burn).
    • Follow how to use as you have been told by your doctor or read the package insert.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
    • This drug may be given at home.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Nose:
    • Store upright at room temperature. Do not freeze.
    • Protect from light.
    • Shot:
    • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from heat.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to buserelin 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.
    • If you have vaginal bleeding and have not been to your doctor.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to stop pregnancy. Use 2 kinds of birth control while taking this drug.

    Side Effects

    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • Headache.
    • More bone pain, blood in urine, and trouble passing urine. Most often gets better 1 to 2 weeks after care has started.
    • Emotional ups and downs.
    • Nose irritation.
    • Change in sex ability. This most often goes back to normal.
    • Irritation where the shot is given.
    • Weak bones with long-term use.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • 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.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm.
    • More bone pain after 2 to 4 weeks of care.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • 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.

    Author information
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