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Histrelin implants are not suitable for everyone, so before receiving this implant, make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have heart disease, diabetes, or any other medical condition. Other precautions for the histrelin implant include warnings of potential problems this drug may cause, such as increasing the risk for diabetes or osteoporosis. Also, histrelin implants should not be used by women who are pregnant.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using a histrelin implant (Supprelin® LA, Vantas®) if you have:
- An inability to urinate (urinary tract obstruction)
- Cancer that has spread to the spine or urinary tract
- Heart disease
- Chest pain (angina)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- A history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Osteoporosis or risk factors for osteoporosis, such as:
- A family history of the condition
- Regular tobacco use (smoking)
- Regular alcohol use
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Histrelin Implant and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Histrelin Implant and Breastfeeding).
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.