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degarelix (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving degarelix (Firmagon)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to degarelix.

To make sure you can safely use degarelix, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome";
  • heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder;
  • congestive heart failure; or
  • an electrolyte imbalance, such as low or high levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood.

Although degarelix is not for use by women, this medication can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy. Degarelix should not be used by a woman who is pregnant.

It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Degarelix should not be used by a woman who is breast-feeding a baby.

How is degarelix given (Firmagon)?

Degarelix is injected under the skin around your stomach. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Degarelix is usually given once every 28 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.

The first time you receive degarelix, you will be given two injections. At your monthly follow-up visits you will receive only one injection.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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