Degarelix (Firmagon®)

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About This Drug

Degarelix is used to treat cancer. It is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously).

Possible Side Effects

  • Injection site reaction - you may get a rash, swelling or bruising or your skin may get red, warm, itchy or painful at the site of your infusion injection 
  • Hot flashes or sudden skin flushing may happen. You may also feel warm or red.
  • Weight gain
  • Changes in your liver function

Note: Each of the side effects above was reported in 10% or greater of patients treated with degarelix. Not all possible side effects are included above.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Abnormal heart beat
  • Allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis are rare but may happen in some patients. Signs of allergic reaction to this drug may be swelling of the face, feeling like your tongue or throat are swelling, trouble breathing, rash, itching, fever, chills, feeling dizzy, and/or feeling that your heart is beating in a fast or not normal way. If this happens, do not take another dose of this drug. You should get urgent medical treatment.

Important information

  • This drug may be present in the saliva, tears, sweat, urine, stool, vomit, semen, and vaginal secretions. Talk to your doctor and/or your nurse about the necessary precautions to take during this time.

Food and Drug Interactions

  • There are no known interactions of degarelix with food.
  • This drug may interact with other medicines. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the prescription and over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs and others) that you are taking at this time. Also, check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, or dietary supplements to make sure that there are no interactions.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your doctor or nurse if you have any of these symptoms and/or any new or unusual symptoms:

  • Feeling that your heart is beating in a fast or not normal way (palpitations)
  • Signs of possible liver problems: dark urine, pale bowel movements, bad stomach pain, feeling very tired and weak, unusual itching, or yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Signs of allergic reaction: swelling of the face, feeling like your tongue or throat are swelling, trouble breathing, rash, itching, fever, chills, feeling dizzy, and/or feeling that your heart is beating in a fast or not normal way. If this happens, call 911 for emergency care.
  • While you are getting this drug, please tell your nurse right away if you get a rash, swelling or bruising or your skin gets red, warm, itchy or painful at the site of your injection
  • If you think you may be pregnant

Reproduction Warnings

  • Pregnancy warning: Degarelix should never be used by women who are pregnant or who could become pregnant while taking the drug.
  • Breast feeding warning: It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Degarelix should never be used by women.
  • Fertility warning: In men, this drug may affect your ability to have children in the future. Talk with your doctor or nurse if you plan to have children. Ask for information on sperm or egg banking.

Revised May 2019

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