Abarelix Drug Information
Generic Name: Abarelix
(a BAR eh lix)
What is Abarelix (Plenaxis)?
Abarelix is used in the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
Abarelix (Plenaxis) is a type of medicine called a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist that lowers the male hormone testosterone in your blood.
How to Take Abarelix (Plenaxis)
Abarelix must be administered by a qualified healthcare provider.
Abarelix is administered as an injection into the muscle
What are the Side Effects of Abarelix (Plenaxis) -
Like all medicines, Abarelix (Plenaxis) can cause some side-effects. Some common side effects reported with this medicine include the following. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach.
- Yellow skin or eyes. If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Breast swelling, pain, or tenderness.
- Hot flushes.
- Mild skin rash or itching.
- Trouble sleeping.
Warnings and precautions before taking Abarelix (Plenaxis):
- Allergies: Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to abarelix or any of its ingredients. Also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
- Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.
- Abarelix is not intended for use by women. Abarelix is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that abarelix will cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or if you could become pregnant during treatment.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have osteoporosis or an iron deficiency. Tell your doctor if you have ever had heart rhythm problems, or an abnormal EKG test of your heartbeat.
- Abarelix (Plenaxis) have only been done in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing the use of abarelix in children with other age groups. Abarelix is not for use in children.
What to do if you take Overdose of Abarelix (Plenaxis)?
If you think you or anyone else may have taken too many Abarelix (Plenaxis), immediately telephone your doctor or contact your local or regional Poisons Information Centre Seek medical attention immediately.
You may need urgent medical attention.
What to do if you take Missed Dose of Abarelix (Plenaxis)?
If you miss a dose of Abarelix (Plenaxis) medicine then contact your doctor if you miss a dose of abarelix
Do not double doses.
How to Store Abarelix (Plenaxis):
Store Abarelix (Plenaxis) at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medicine where young children cannot reach them such as a locked cupboard.
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