AFTER EACH FIRMAGON® INJECTION
The essentials of post-injection care
The injection site itself affects people differently. Some patients experienced reactions at the injection site after the first dose (35%), but these reactions typically reduced to 4% withthe smaller maintenance injections that followed every 28 days.
Reactions at the injection site may include temporary redness, slight pain, and swelling and/or a lump under the skin.* Most injection site reactions are usually mild to moderate and decrease within 3 days.
Simple ways to takecare of the injection site
Keep the injection site clean
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that does not rub against the injection site
Avoid rubbing or scratching the area
Plan to choose a different location than the site of the last injection, and avoid receiving an injection at or near areas where adverse skin reactions occurred in the past
Possible side effects of FIRMAGON in the treatment of patients with advanced prostate cancer (APC)
FIRMAGON can cause serious side effects, including:
- Serious allergic reactions. Get medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms:
- Trouble breathing or wheezing
- Severe itching
- Swelling of your face, lips, mouth, or tongue
- Disorder of the heart’s electrical activity. Your healthcare provider may do tests during treatment with FIRMAGON to check your heart for a condition called long QT syndrome.
The common side effects of FIRMAGON include:
- Injection site pain, redness, and swelling
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Increase in some liver enzymes
Other side effects include decreased sex drive and erectile function problems.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDAat 1-800-FDA-1088.
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