What is Decapeptyl (Triptorelin) used for?
Decapeptyl (Triptorelin) is an injectable hormone prescribed to treat men suffering from advanced prostate cancer. The medication operates by preventing the release of natural hormones that may lead to tumor growth. This function also makes it useful for treating female patients suffering from uterine fibroids or endometriosis. Your physician may prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Decapeptyl (Triptorelin)?
Strictly follow your doctor's instructions for using Decapeptyl (Triptorelin) to get the safest and most effective results. It is normally injected into the buttocks by a nurse or physician at the prescribed dosage and frequency. If you are required to perform your own injection, make sure you are instructed in the correct procedure to prevent any potential complications. Sterilize the needle and site of injection, collect the contents of one ampoule into the syringe, and hold the syringe upright and tap it while depressing the plunger to eliminate any air. Always dispose of the syringe after use. Never make any unscheduled changes to these instructions as this may lead to serious complications.
What are the side effects of Decapeptyl (Triptorelin)?
Some patients using Decapeptyl (Triptorelin) have reported side effects such as:
Immediately inform your physician if any of these symptoms become intense or if you experience numbness, severe bone pain, flu symptoms, chest pain, or trouble speaking. These can indicate serious medical problems that require emergency medical attention.
Decapeptyl (Triptorelin) should not be used to treat men who have cancer that has spread to the spinal cord or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also inform your physician if you have a urinary obstruction or osteoporosis as these conditions may cause complications with treatment requiring adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Decapeptyl (Triptorelin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.