Generic Name: Triptorelin Brand Name(s): Triptorelin.

Uses

What is Triptorelin used for?

Triptorelin is commonly used to treat prostate cancer. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

How should I take Triptorelin?

Use triptorelin as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. It is given as a shot into a muscle.

How do I store Triptorelin?

Triptorelin is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Triptorelin in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Triptorelin that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Triptorelin down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Triptorelin?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Triptorelin or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are a woman. This medicine is not approved for use in women. If you are a woman using this medicine, talk with your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

This medicine may raise some hormone levels in your body during the first few weeks of taking it. Disease signs may get worse before getting better. Tell your doctor if you have any new signs or if your disease signs are worse for longer than a few weeks after starting triptorelin.

This medicine lowers some hormone levels in your body. This may cause some effects like change in breast size, breast soreness or tenderness, testicle changes in men, change in sex ability in men, hot flashes, or sweating. Talk with your doctor.

Lowering male hormones in the body may raise the chance of a type of heartbeat that is not normal called prolonged QT interval. Talk with the doctor.

The chance of very bad and sometimes deadly problems may be raised in people who have growths on or near the spine or spinal cord or bladder blockage. Talk with your doctor.

This medicine may cause weak bones. This may happen more often if used for a long time. This may raise the chance of broken bones. Call your doctor right away if you have bone pain.

Behavior and mood changes have happened with the use of drugs like this one in children. This includes acting aggressive, crying, depression, emotional ups and downs, restlessness, and feeling angry and irritable. Call your doctor right away if you have any new or worse behavior or mood changes.

If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor. This medicine may raise blood sugar.

Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this medicine.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Triptorelin during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Triptorelin. Triptorelin is pregnancy risk category X, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Triptorelin?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) like blood in the urine, burning or pain when passing urine, feeling the need to pass urine often or right away, fever, lower stomach pain, or pelvic pain.
  • Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Back pain.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Very bad muscle or joint pain.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • A very bad pituitary gland problem (pituitary apoplexy) has rarely happened with this medicine. Most of the time, this has happened within 2 weeks after the first dose. Call your doctor right away if you have a sudden headache, throwing up, passing out, mood changes, eye weakness, not able to move your eyes, or change in eyesight.
  • A higher chance of stroke or very bad and sometimes deadly heart problems have been noted with the use of drugs like triptorelin in men. The chance is low, but get medical help right away if you have chest pain or pressure, a change in strength on 1 side that is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or change in eyesight.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Triptorelin?

Triptorelin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Triptorelin?

Triptorelin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Triptorelin?

Triptorelin may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Triptorelin.

What is the dose of Triptorelin for an adult?

Consult your doctor for further information.

What is the dose of Triptorelin for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Triptorelin available?

Triptorelin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

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What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Triptorelin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

 

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: November 22, 2017 | Last Modified: November 22, 2017

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