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Degarelix

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Antagonist Firmagon® Cancer-related

Degarelix - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Degarelix cause?

  • Hot flushes
  • Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, especially if it is your first injection
    This is usually mild and may subside in 3 days.
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Muscle pain; back and joint pain
  • Chills
  • Decreased sex drive

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Allergic reaction e.g. rashes, swelling, breathing difficulty
  • Severe bone, muscle or joint pain
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes or passing tea-colored urine
  • Chest pain or palpitation, or breathing difficulty
  • Fever or pain when urinating

Before taking Degarelix, what precautions must I follow?

  • Ensure that the site of injection is free from any pressure from objects such as belts, waistbands, clothing etc.
  • ​Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other medical conditions e.g. heart problems, high blood pressure.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Degarelix?

Degarelix - Handling

How should I handle Degarelix safely?

Degarelix - Storage

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How should I dispose of Degarelix safely?

Degarelix - Additional Information

  • Updated on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

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