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Drug Interactions

This medication may react with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Degarelix).

What If I Overdose on This Medicine?

It is not exactly clear what to expect from an overdose with this medication. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have overdosed on this or any other drug.
(Click Firmagon Overdose for more information.)

What If I Miss a Dose of Degarelix?

If you miss an appointment to receive your degarelix injection, contact your healthcare provider to schedule another appointment as soon as possible. Your symptoms may return if you miss your monthly dose.

How Does It Work?

Degarelix works by binding to and blocking GnRH receptors in the pituitary gland (a tiny gland located beneath the brain). GnRH controls the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which increases the production of testosterone in the testes. By blocking GnRH receptors, degarelix reduces the production and secretion of LH and FSH, resulting in decreased testosterone levels.
Testosterone stimulates the growth of prostate cancer cells. By reducing testosterone levels, degarelix slows down the growth of prostate cancer.
Degarelix is a depot injection. This means that, after being injected, the medication forms a small mass (or depot) under the skin. Degarelix is slowly released from this mass into the bloodstream over the course of a month.
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