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Histrelin Implant for Precocious Puberty

Available by prescription, histrelin implants (Supprelin® LA, Vantas®) contain a synthetic (manufactured) form of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). But what specifically is the histrelin implant used for?
The histrelin implant is approved for treating precocious puberty in children. This condition causes children to start puberty too soon (before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys). If left untreated, this condition can cause growth problems and children may not reach their expected adult height.
When treating precocious puberty with histrelin implants, the drug helps to temporarily stop puberty and prevent further changes in the body until the appropriate time. The medication works by stopping the production of testosterone in the testes in boys and the production of estrogen in girls. Treatment will normally end before age 11 in girls and age 12 in boys to allow for normal sexual maturation.
(Click What Are Histrelin Implants Used For? for more information on using this product to treat precocious puberty in children. A detailed description of how this drug works and an explanation of other possible uses are also included.)
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