Firmagon

Drug List

Firmagon

Drug Name

Firmagon (Degarelix Aceate)

Manufactured By

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Firmagon (degarelix) is a man-made form of a protein that reduces the amount of certain hormones in the body, including testosterone. Firmagon is used to treat prostate cancer. It works by decreasing the amount of testosterone in the body, which the tumor needs to grow.

How To Use

This medication is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously) in the abdominal area by a health care professional. It is usually given once a month or as directed by your doctor.

Side Effects

Pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, hot flashes (flushing), increased sweating, night sweats, back/joint pain, chills, weight changes, tiredness, fever, and dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Infrequently, shrinking of the testicles, breast tenderness/swelling, and reduced sexual interest/ability may also occur as a result of lowered testosterone levels. Talk to your doctor if these effects occur. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Many drugs besides degarelix may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), including amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), among others. This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including pituitary gonadal function), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222

In Case of Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor right away to establish a new dosing schedule...

Storage

Not applicable. This medication is given in a clinic and will not be stored at home.