Where is Abarelix used?
Abarelix is a medication used in the palliative treatment of men with advanced symptomatic prostate cancer. This drug is an antagonist and synthetic decapeptide of naturally occurring gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Abarelix is a polypeptide compound composed of ten non-natural and natural amino acids. It has a part as an antineoplastic agent and hormone antagonist. This medication helps lessen the amount of testosterone produced in the body. This medication has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How does Abarelix work?
Abarelix works by acting as a potent inhibitor of the gonadotropin section. It binds to the gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor. This may get rid of the symptoms associated with prostate cancer or prostate hypertrophy.
How is Abarelix taken?
Before using this medication, let your doctor know if you have any of the following:
- Liver disease
- Heart problems or heart diseases
- Breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to get pregnant
The recommended dosage of this medication will depend on your medical condition, response to the treatment, and age.
- Before injecting, make sure that your hands are clean and the injection site. Keep it clean to avoid infection.
- Shake for about 15 seconds.
- Allow it to stand for 2 minutes.
- Tap it to lessen the foaming.
- Do not inject it on your own. The doctor or nurse must be injecting you.
- Do not double the dosage that has been given by your doctor.
This medication should be used until the full prescription is finished. Do not suddenly stop the treatment with this medication. In some patients, treatment with this prescription may become less effective over time. Monitoring blood vessels of testosterone will be done regularly with blood tests. It monitors the effectiveness of the medication. To get the most benefit from this drug, use it regularly. If your condition does not improve or gets worse, inform your doctor right away.
What are the possible side effects of Abarelix?
- Sleep disturbances
- Hot flashes
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Difficulty or changes in urinating
What are the precautions in taking Abarelix?
- Do not share this medication with others who have the same condition as yours.
- It is not known whether this drug will interact with other medicines. Talk to your doctor before taking any medications including herbal supplements while you are taking Abarelix.
- If an allergic reaction occurs consult your doctor right away. It is important to inform your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to this drug or if you have any allergies.
- There are no restrictions on beverages, foods, or activities while having treatment with this medication. However, you must follow any special instructions given by your doctor.
- It is unlikely that an overdose will occur with this drug. If you do suspect that an overdose has occurred, call your doctor or emergency medical assistance.
- Do not inject into the areas where the skin is tender, red, scaly, hard, or bruised.
- Keep this and all your medicines away from the reach of children.