What is Zoladex 1-Month?Zoladex 1-month is a medicine similar to a hormone called gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). Zoladex 1-month is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men. Zoladex 1-month is also used in women for the management of endometriosis (a common gynecological disorder that may result in sores and pain), for endometrial thinning before a procedure to destroy the uterine lining, or for palliative treatment (to relieve the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness) of advanced breast cancer. This medication is an implant administered subcutaneously (just below the skin).
What is the most important information I should know about Zoladex 1-Month?During the first few weeks of receiving Zoladex 1-month, your levels of testosterone can increase. This can cause a short-term worsening of your signs or symptoms of prostate cancer (such as a block in the outflow of urine from your bladder or pressure on your spinal cord). After a few weeks, this medication will decrease your levels of testosterone.
People receiving Zoladex 1-month can experience elevated blood sugar levels and an increased risk of diabetes. Tell your doctor if you have diabetes before starting this medication. You and your doctor should monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.
A small increased risk of developing heart attack, other heart problems, or stroke has been reported in some people receiving Zoladex 1-month. Your doctor will monitor you for signs and symptoms of heart problems.
Zoladex 1-month can cause a decrease in your bone density. Your risk can increase if you have long-term alcohol or tobacco abuse, have a family history of osteoporosis (thin, weak bones), or are taking certain medications that can reduce your bone density (such as certain seizure medications or corticosteroids). Your doctor may monitor you for this during treatment.
If you are pregnant or have abnormal vaginal bleeding with an unknown cause, your doctor will not administer Zoladex 1-month to you. If you are able to become pregnant, you must use nonhormonal birth control during treatment and for 12 weeks after treatment ends.
Who should not take Zoladex 1-Month?Your doctor will not administer Zoladex 1-month to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other similar GnRH medications. Also, your doctor will not administer Zoladex 1-month to you if you are pregnant, unless you are using this medication to treat advanced breast cancer.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Zoladex 1-Month?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Zoladex 1-month. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have difficulty urinating, any type of urinary blockage, diabetes, long-term alcohol or tobacco abuse, have a family history of osteoporosis, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dose is 3.6 milligrams (mg) every 28 days.
How should I take Zoladex 1-Month?Your doctor will administer Zoladex 1-month into the lower part of your abdomen.
What should I avoid while taking Zoladex 1-Month?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Zoladex 1-Month?No significant interactions have been reported with Zoladex 1-month at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Zoladex 1-Month?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: acne (pimples), changes in breast size, decreased sexual activity, depression, diarrhea, edema (swelling) of your limbs, emotional instability, headache, hot flashes, inflammation of your vagina, nausea, rash, scaly skin, sweating, urinary changes
Can I receive Zoladex 1-Month if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Zoladex 1-month can harm your unborn or newborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not receive Zoladex 1-month if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Zoladex 1-Month?Zoladex 1-month should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled appointment, contact your doctor for advice.
How should I store Zoladex 1-Month?Your doctor will store this medication for you.