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Firmagon 120mg Injection


Overview

Introduction

Firmagon 120mg Injection is used in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. It works by lowering the amount of testosterone produced in the body and restricts the growth of a cancer cell.

Firmagon 120mg Injection is given as an injection under the skin only under the supervision of a doctor.  Do not try to self inject the medicine as it might enhance the chances of an accident or get injected into the veins. The dose and how often you take it depends on what you are taking it for. Your doctor will decide how much you need to improve your symptoms. You should take this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you.

The most common side effects of this medicine include Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness), weight gain, hot flashes, increased liver enzyme, and low sexual desire. If these bother you or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them. If you notice dizziness or trouble sleeping, then better to avoid driving or machinery work.

Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart disease, or diabetes or liver disease. Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your doctor may check for prostate specific antigen (PSA) level in your blood, to know treatment is working or not.

Uses of Firmagon Injection

Side effects of Firmagon Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Firmagon

  • Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness)
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Low sexual desire
  • Erectile dysfunction

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness)
    Try to change the area of injection and the exact site of injection each time. Apply a cold compress to the injection site. These symptoms are usually mild and should only last a few hours. You can ask your doctor to recommend a medicine if it is bothering you.
  • Coping with Weight gain
    Try to eat a healthy balanced diet without increasing your portion sizes. Avoid processed meat or poultry and seafood. Eat small, frequent meals and eat slowly. Do not snack on foods that contain a lot of calories such as crisps, cakes, biscuits and sweets. If you feel hungry between meals, eat fruits and vegetables which have low calories. Avoid reaching for a sugary drink if you feel stressed. Fasting once a week can be an effective way to lose weight. Make sure you get enough sleep. With proper diet and lifestyle changes, you might not gain any weight or may gain only a small amount. Even then if it bothers you, ask your doctor if there are any alternative medicines that do not have this side effect.
  • Coping with Hot flashes
    Sip cold or iced drinks. Try cutting down on coffee, tea and alcohol. It might help to keep the room cool and use a fan. You could also spray cool water on your face. Wear layers of light clothing that you can easily take off if you overheat. Breathe deeply and try to relax. Have a lukewarm shower or bath instead of a hot one. Avoid smoking and cut down on alcohol. The flushing should go away after a few days. If it does not go away or causes problems, contact your doctor. There may be medicines that can help.
  • Coping with Increased liver enzymes
    There may be no symptoms, so your doctor should carry out a blood test and give you advice. Some lifestyle changes can bring down levels of liver enzymes. In general, you will need to stop drinking alcohol or limit the amount you drink, lose weight and keep active. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Eat a healthy diet. Some particular foods like nuts, fatty fish, coffee, tea, olive oil, sprouts and bananas may be beneficial. Try to control stress as this can make your symptoms worse.
  • Coping with Erectile dysfunction
    Speak to your doctor as they may be able to change your medicine or offer other treatments that might help with the problem. Making healthy lifestyle changes and eating a healthy balanced diet can help. Lose weight if you are overweight. Exercise daily and try to reduce stress and anxiety. Avoid the use of alcohol, cigarettes or recreational drugs such as marijuana which can also affect sexual function. Counselling or psychotherapy can also be helpful.

How to use Firmagon Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Firmagon Injection works

Firmagon 120mg Injection lowers the amount of testosterone (a male hormone) produced by the body. This may slow or stop the spread and growth of prostate cancer cells that need testosterone to grow.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Firmagon 120mg Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Firmagon 120mg Injection is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Firmagon 120mg Injection during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
UNSAFE
Firmagon 120mg Injection may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Firmagon 120mg Injection in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
A cautious use of Firmagon 120mg Injection is advised in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Firmagon 120mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Firmagon 120mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
No dose adjustment is recommended for patients with mild to moderate liver disease. Regular monitoring of testosterone levels is advised.

What if you forget to take Firmagon Injection?

If you miss a dose of Firmagon 120mg Injection, please consult your doctor.

Alternate Brands

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Quick Tips

  • Firmagon 120mg Injection helps in the treatment of advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer.
  • It is give by injection under the skin (subcutaneously), usually in the stomach area.
  • It may cause dizziness and blurred vision. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • It may cause hot flashes. Try wearing loose clothing and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods.
  • Inform your doctor if you are diabetic or have problems with your heart, kidney or liver.
  • Your doctor may check the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. This is done to monitor how well Firmagon 120mg Injection is working for you. A decrease in PSA levels is usually a sign that your treatment is working.

Patient Concerns

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I have problem of frequent urination at night. My father had same at his time.Doctor told me that I am having BPH.Also I went through PSA whose result is 1.8 increased prostate gland size is 40 which came in ultrasound report .When doctor did some test by inserting his finger in my rectal area I felt abnormal pain.doctor asked me to go for a culture test so as to check which can be the best medicine for BPH for me. Kindly suggest if it can be something else like prostate cancer.
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Medical Oncology and Hematology
May not be prostate cancer, it is only begnin enlargement of prostate.
Do i have prostrate cancer. Married but now having difficulty in having relation with wife. Penis not hard in the morning. Having problem with self spontaneous erection. Please help. God Bless.
Dr. Sanjay Singh Rai
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Not a symptom of prostate cancer
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