Eligard SuspensionGeneric Name: Leuprolide
Eligard Suspension is used for:
Treating symptoms of advanced prostate cancer. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Eligard Suspension is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. It works by decreasing levels of certain hormones produced by the testes and preventing the growth of certain tumors that need these hormones to grow.
Do NOT use Eligard Suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Eligard Suspension
- you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- the patient is a female or a child
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Eligard Suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with Eligard Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
- if you have bone problems, urinary problems (eg, blockage of the bladder or ureters), spinal cord problems, or abnormal growths on or near the spinal cord
- if you have vaginal bleeding
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Eligard Suspension. However, no specific interactions with Eligard Suspension are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Eligard Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Eligard Suspension:
Use Eligard Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Eligard Suspension. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Eligard Suspension is usually administered every 4 months (16 weeks) as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Eligard Suspension at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of Eligard Suspension, contact your doctor immediately.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Eligard Suspension.
Important safety information:
- Certain hormone levels may increase during the first few weeks of treatment with Eligard Suspension. This may cause you to experience an increase of symptoms or onset of new symptoms (eg, bone pain, blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, numbness or tingling) during the first few weeks of treatment. Patients with growths on or near the spinal cord or blockage of the bladder or ureters may be at greater risk of developing serious and sometimes fatal complications. Notify your doctor if any new or worsened symptoms occur or continue longer than a few weeks after you start to use Eligard Suspension.
- Eligard Suspension lowers the amount of certain hormones in your body. This may cause certain expected side effects to occur, such as breast enlargement, soreness, or tenderness; testicular changes, pain, or soreness; decreased sexual ability; hot flashes; or night sweats. Contact your doctor if you have questions or concerns or you experience any of these side effects.
- Eligard Suspension may cause your bones to weaken or become more prone to fractures, especially if you use Eligard Suspension for long periods of time. Contact your doctor if you experience bone pain or if you have concerns regarding changes in bone density.
- Rarely, a serious pituitary gland problem (pituitary apoplexy) may occur after you use Eligard Suspension. This serious problem usually occurs shortly after you begin to use Eligard Suspension. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience a sudden headache, vomiting, fainting, eye weakness, inability to move your eyes, or vision changes.
- Lab tests, including blood testosterone levels, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and bone density tests, may be performed while you use Eligard Suspension. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Eligard Suspension may interfere with certain lab tests, including certain hormone tests and pituitary gland function tests. Be sure all of your doctors and lab personnel know you are using Eligard Suspension.
- Eligard Suspension is not recommended for use in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Eligard Suspension is not approved for use in women. Eligard Suspension may cause birth defects/ fetal and newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Eligard Suspension is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Eligard Suspension.
Possible side effects of Eligard Suspension:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Dizziness; hot flashes; increased sweating; mild burning, itching, pain, stinging, or swelling at the injection site; muscle pain; tiredness.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in the urine; fainting; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); seizures; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; sudden, severe headache; trouble urinating (eg, loss of bladder control, inability to urinate, painful urination); unusual bruising or bleeding; vision changes or blurred vision.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Eligard Suspension:
Store Eligard Suspension in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Once mixed, Eligard Suspension must be used within 30 minutes. Discard Eligard Suspension if it is not used within 30 minutes. Keep Eligard Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Eligard Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Eligard Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Eligard Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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