Triptorelin (Injection)

Introduction

Triptorelin (trip-toe-REL-in)

Treats advanced prostate cancer.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Trelstar LA, Trelstar Depot, Trelstar

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to triptorelin or similar medicines (such as Factrel® or Lutrepulse®).

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles.

If a dose is missed:

  • This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease or liver disease.
  • This medicine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash; itching; hoarseness; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after your receive this medicine.
  • When you first start using this medicine, some of your symptoms might get worse or you might have new symptoms for a short time. Tell your doctor right away if you have bone pain, back pain, a tingling or numbness in the body, blood in the urine, or trouble urinating.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Bloody or cloudy urine, or painful urination.
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet.
  • Rapid weight gain.
  • Swelling of the face, hands, legs, or feet.
  • Weakness or loss of muscle control, especially in the legs or feet.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Bone, back, or leg pain.
  • Decreased interest in sex, inability to have or maintain an erection.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the shot was given.
  • Trouble having sex or loss of interest in sex.
  • Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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