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Available by prescription only, degarelix is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men. This medicine works by stopping production of testosterone in the testes, slowing down the growth of prostate cancer cells (which are dependent on testosterone to grow). This injection is given just under the skin of the abdomen (stomach) every 28 days. Hot flushes, fatigue, and weight gain are possible side effects.
What Is Degarelix?Degarelix (Firmagon®) is a hormone therapy medication approved for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. It belongs to a group of medications called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists or blockers.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, degarelix may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Hot flushes
- Weight gain
- Reactions at the injection site, such as redness, swelling, or pain.