Medications


Histrelin acetate Drug Implant 0.00208 mg/hr

Uses

For treating cancer.

Instructions

Keep the bandage in place for a few days until the incision site heals.

This medicine is normally placed under the skin of the upper arm, usually in the arm you do not write with.

The rod must be removed after 1 year.

Keep your arm clean and dry for 24 hours after the insertion. Do not bathe or swim for 24 hours.

Avoid lifting heavy things, exercising, or bumping the incision site for 7 days after the insertion.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

If the rod comes through the skin, call your doctor right away.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

This medicine is associated with an increased risk of serious heart problems, heart attack, and stroke. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain or difficulty breathing.

This medicine is associated with an increased risk for seizures. Please ask your doctor whether you may be at risk for having a seizure while on this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

Check regularly to make sure you can feel the rod under the skin. Contact your doctor right away if you can not feel it, or if it feels bent or broken.

Tell your doctor if you have severe or persistent sweating, diarrhea or vomiting. These can increase your risk of a serious side effect.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Seek medical attention if you see any signs of a serious infection. These signs include pain, increasing redness or pus where this medicine is being used.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • breast pain or swelling
  • constipation
  • swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
  • lack of energy and tiredness
  • feeling of heat or flushing
  • headaches
  • sweating at night
  • weight gain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • increased risk for bone fractures
  • bone pain
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • severe or persistent headache
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • jaw pain
  • mood changes
  • feeling of numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • symptoms of stroke (such as one-sided weakness, slurred speech, confusion)
  • sweating
  • thirst
  • difficulty or discomfort urinating
  • increased urinary frequency
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • severe or persistent vomiting
  • pain, heat, swelling or redness at the incision site

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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